Following on from last weeks' great win away at Norwich City, where Reading picked up a 2-1 victory, we move onto a huge match at home to Bolton Wanderers. Last season saw Reading put 7 past a hapless Bolton side on their way to their largest victory since the Madejski Stadium opened.
The recommended bets last week didn't come to to fruition, with Reading only conceding one, making the Norwich 3+ goals bet a loser, and also picking up the win, to eliminate the draw bet as well, hopefully we can pick up the form and find some winners this weekend.
Since Lennon joined Bolton, they have turned their form around and have won 5 in 8 since his arrival, with 4 of those wins coming in the last 6 games. I feel looking at their whole season form is going to be tough to judge them upon as they are playing much better football now. However, it's away from home where they have struggled, with Lennon picking up just 1 point from 9 so far on the road, a 1-1 draw at the bottom club Blackpool. Lennon has made Bolton an extremely tough side to score against, with the only teams to have score more than once against them since him joining have been Charlton and Norwich (both scored 2). Reading may find it tough to break them down, and we may see a tight cagey affair this weekend. A 1-1 scoreline is available at 8.00.
With the Reading line up changing week upon week, Cox in, Murray in, Robson Kanu in, it is tough to recommend any of the Reading players to be first goalscorer, simply because there is not enough consistency in the lineup to recommend anyone. An interesting point upon last weeks' match winner Jake Cooper though, who is priced at 17.00 with one bookie, but 34.00 with another, showing how important it is to shop around.
The HT/FT market also is of particular interest this week with Reading/Reading being available at 3.5. Bolton have lost all 6 games they have been behind in at half time away from home this season so far. Reading have won 5/6 of the games they have led at the break at home this year. Reading haven't had a draw at half time this season at home as of yet, so this could be one to keep an eye on for the weekend.
Fantasy Bet League
The fantasy bet league saw Westy take a very early lead, predicting the 2-1 Reading score correctly, seeing him fly out to a +£190 lead, everyone else remains firmly encamped at -£10 after one week.
This weeks predictions are:
- Wimb - 1-0 Reading 10.00
- Westy - 2-1 Reading 9.50
- Williams - 2-2 Draw 15.00
- Myself - 1-1 Draw 8.00
The recommended bets for the weekend are:
1. Draw & Under 2.5 Goals @ 4.6 - This market gives a bit of leeway against the 1-1 draw, allowing for a potential case of Reading becoming slightly haphazard going forwards, as was the case against Charlton a few weeks ago. Bolton will look to shut up shop I feel against Reading, so we may see a low scoring game.
2. Reading HT/ Reading FT @ 3.5 - The first goal will be vital in this game, with neither team being majorly proficientin achieving points at home or on the road after going behind. I feel if Reading can get their noses in front before HT, they should be able to see the game out.
Good luck to anyone putting a bet on this weekend, and Come on URZ!