Following on from a solid performance over the weekend at home to Brighton, where a 1-1 draw was the final result, Reading move onto a midweek performance against Huddersfield Town. The Terriers sit 16th currently after 14 games.
The odds for the midweek game are priced up with Reading at 8/11, the draw at 3/1. and Huddersfield priced as rank outsiders at 9/2. Reading look a solid price at the current offering - having played 7 games away from home, Huddersfield have been beaten 4 times so far, losing to all three of the teams in the top ten so far that they have played away from home. Reading on the other hand have managed to only be beaten once at home so far, however, apart from their game against Ipswich at home, have only scored 4 goals in 6 games. A low scoring Reading win may be the way to go.
So far, only one game at the Madejski this season has had more than 2.5 goals, and Huddersfield have scored in only 3/7 away games so far. Under 2.5 is available at 4/5, and seems a solid bet, with Huddersfield having shown they are not pushovers against sides higher up in the table, only losing 2-1 at Turf Moor, and Hull 2-0 earlier in the season. Reading games typically (barring the Ipswich and Brentford games) have been quite tight affairs, with teams happy to sit back, as shown by Charlton, and then Brighton at the weekend, and Under 2.5 goals is certainly a bet I'll be taking on.
Reading have played three games so far against sides in the bottom third at home, and are yet to concede a goal at home to a team in the bottom third. Given the likelihood of Huddersfield sitting back, looking at both Reading to win 1-0 and 2-0 is worth considering. The odds on these are 13/2 and also 8/1. Reading are unlikely to steam away in many games this season against sides who are happy sitting back, and will play better against sides who are happy to attack them, thus the low scoring suggestions.
The last bet I looked at for Huddersfield on Tuesday was the HT result. Reading so far have gone in at half time leading in 7/14 games. They have been only behind at half time in one game. Huddersfield are the opposite, with them only leading so far in 2 games at half time, but drawing in 7 of their games at half time. With this in mind, it looks to me that a draw is a sensible option to look at for HT, available at 6/5, with the 0-0 option available at 19/10 for HT.
Under 2.5 Goals @ 4/5 - 4pts
Reading to win 2-0 @ 13/2 - 1pt
0-0 HT score @ 19/10 - 1.5pt
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