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Reading FC v Wigan Athletic: Bookie Watch

After yet another away win under Steve Clarke, Reading move into the quarter finals of the FA Cup. Having drawn Bradford, they are now 34.00 to go all the way and pick up the Silver Tub for the first time in the club's 144 year history. Of course, that is a little bit down the line, and before that we have a match-up with a very poor Wigan side at home tonight.

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Wigan currently sit 23rd, just one position above rock-bottom Blackpool, and have been extremely disappointing this season. Having seen their January sell-offs, with big names such as Callum Mcmanaman and Ben Watson both departing the club, it's tough to see them survive in the Championship now. For tonight's game, Wigan are rank outsiders, currently sitting at 4.20 to beat the Royals in their back yard. Reading are 2.05 whilst the draw is an option at 3.50.


Having scored his first goal for the club on Saturday, if Reading are ahead, I can see Yakubu managing to get his first league goal for the Royals against Wigan. The Latics are not as polished as Derby, and will give Reading chances. He is 2.90 to score anytime currently.

Wigan are the worst away side in the Championship this season, bar Blackpool, and have picked up a measly nine points away from home. I fully expect Reading to roll over a team who have scored just 12 goals so far in 15 away matches. Reading currently sit just inside the top half and are picking up 1.60ppg (points-per-game) in the home table for the Championship. Reading have won 4/8 games vs. teams in the bottom half at home so far, scoring 13 goals in the process. Away from home, Wigan have won just once against teams in the bottom half away from home this season, and really struggle to score any goals, scoring just four in six matches.

I can see Reading finally handing out a bit of a thumping which they have been threatening over the past few weeks, and Reading to win 3 or 4 nil would not surprise me (20.00 and 51.00) at all. However, of their 10 losses away from home, nine of these have been by only one or two goals, which show why the odds on Reading scoring more are so long.

Interestingly, Reading have not managed to win a game at home this season where they were not winning at half time in the league, and they are 3.30 to win at both half time and full time. However Wigan are a team who commonly fall apart in the second half after keeping it tight in the first half, with six of their away losses being draws at half time, draw/Reading is available at 5.25.

Recommended bets:


1) Reading -2 @ 9.50 - I think this is a strong price for a Reading side who suddenly do look as if they may be able to score goals. If they expose Wigan early, it'll be a long day for Malky Mackay's side. This result requires Reading to win by 3 goals or more to win.

2) Draw/Reading (HT/FT) @ 5.25 - Wigan are a team who seem to be able to contain the opposition during the first half, and often are found out later in the games they've played this season. A price of 5.25 for Reading to finally win a game during the second half is very tempting. This result requires the game to be a draw at half time, and Reading to win by full time to win.

3) Reading to win 4-0 @ 51.00 - I recommend small stakes on this only, but Wigan are going to be seen as one of the weakest teams to play at the Madejski this season, with a win Reading all but eradicate any lingering fears of relegation, and I can see Clarke instructing his players to go and prove a point that they never should have been involved in the first place.

Good luck all who are having a bet, I myself wish I had got on Reading to win the FA Cup after our 4th round victory at Cardiff when we were a juicy 151.0 to win the cup, Reading are now down to a much shorter price of 34.00 , and hopefully in 3 weeks will be even shorter once they reach the semi's.

Come on Urz! #GambleAware