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Bookie Watch: Reading FC v Leeds United

Reading picked up another three points this weekend away in the Midlands, and are back at the Madejski for a game that usually brings some bad blood with it, at home to Leeds United. To help you with your betting we have our latest Bookie Watch.

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Another Saturday passes, and another win for Steve Clarke and his players as Reading bring three points back from Molineux. Today they host Leeds United in what has been typically a very highly strung, tensely fought clash over the past few years.

Reading today are heavy favourites at 1.80, with Leeds available at 5.00. United are being seen as rank outsiders for this game. The men from Elland Road have been mid-table in the form guides,  with eight points in their last six games. The Leeds defence overall has been stout, however the goals against average for them at home is far lower than their away record, which ranks at 20th conceding at almost 2.00 goals a game.

This rings true with the overall form Leeds have had away from Elland Road, having not kept a clean sheet  on their travels this season. With that in mind the odds on Reading to score first at 1.62 seem very generous for a team who have started to click going forwards it seems over the past month or so.

Reading have scored 12 goals so far under Clarke in 10 games, however, the team seem to be getting more confident going forwards, with quotes such as "best display in ages" becoming a common re-occurrence recently. The Royals are due to hand out a great performance against a "relegation rival" at home, and I can see Clarke's side dishing out a few goals against Leeds. Reading -1 (in other words to win by two or more) at 3.40 seems to be strong odds for a team who have scored two goals in three of their last four matches.

Pavel Pogrebynak has truly come into his own in the last few matches, with his performances gaining high praise from throughout the fan base.The Russian was 9.00 to score first on Saturday and is 6.50 to repeat the trick tonight. For Leeds, Billy Sharp will be taking penalties if he is on the field, and is 10.50 to score first against his old team. A small bet could be placed also on the attacking midfielder Luke Murphy for the Whites at 26.00 to score first.

Reading have scored three goals five times at home this season in the league so far from 14 games, and the 3-0 correct scoreline at 16.00 is definitely worth bearing in mind when filling in your coupons for the game. While a small wager on a 4-0 (which would be the first time Reading score four this season) at 36.00 might also be worth a go.

Recommended bets:

1) Reading -1 @ 3.40 - Last time I recommended this, Reading not only didn’t win the bet, but they failed to score at all when we played at The New Den. However, the Reading strike force appear to be gaining confidence going forwards and have become more creative every game they have played so far. This combined with Leeds porous defence leads a bet on -1 for the Royals for tonight.

2) Billy Sharp to score first @ 10.50 - Another goal for an ex-Royal seems inevitable, and is there ever a game where we have a player playing against us where the ex-Royal doesn’t seem to score?! Sharp being on penalties makes this bet a small bit of value if he starts, and a little bet on this may be worthwhile.

3) Reading to come from behind and Draw or Win @ 5.00 - Leeds have dropped the most points away from home this season (11), and if Leeds do take the lead tomorrow night, all hope isn’t lost for Reading and a price of 5.00 for them to drop the lead is a great price.

Sadly there's no prices available for a red card, or else that would have been my number one pick for Tuesday night!

As always, good luck to anyone having a bet on the game, or on any other game, and as always, Come on URZ!