Bristol City arrive at the Madejski Stadium in a patch of inconsistent form and without an away win in two months. So will that change on Saturday? Here's what the oddsmakers think.
All odds are best available and taken from Oddschecker.com on Thursday morning.
|Reading Win||Draw||Bristol City Win|
No surprise to see Reading the favourites for this one, with odds only slightly longer than for last week's game with Burton. Bristol City at better than 2/1 is a nice price for a team that does have matchwinners in their side like Lee Tomlin and Tammy Abraham. Yet if I was betting on an outcome I'd probably go for score betting, with Reading to win 1-0 a nice 8/1 and a 2-1 win at 9/1, 2-0 is 12/1.
Last week I joked that the bookies must know something we didn't by putting Dom Samuel's odds so low (before we knew he was starting) however, as my TTE Podcast co-host Jonny rightly pointed out, the bookies base odds on the liklihood of a goal SHOULD he start rather than if he will.
With that in mind, Yann Kermorgant is 6/1 despite being a big injury doubt, while Samuel is next best priced at 13/2. Garath McCleary's 10/1 odds are always tempting, especially with his role further forward last week. Yakou Meite was also on the goalscoring trail this week and his double against Bilbao in the U23's European adventures shows what a threat he can be.
Otherwise it's the usual suspects down the list, with Danny Williams and George Evans at 14/1, with Jordan Obita not an awful shout at 33/1.
From the Bristol City side you've got that man Abraham at a very low 11/2, with Aaron Wilbraham next best at 7/1 and Tomlin at 9's.
As I said last week, Reading's promotion odds were only going to shorten with a fairly expected win over Burton and sure enough we've been cut from 10/1 to 8/1 to be playing Premier League football next year. Newcastle, Brighton, Norwich, Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday are the only sides with better odds at this stage.
Our odds to win the thing have also been cut, though you can still get 150/1 with Betfair and Unibet right now.
For you pessimists out there , we're also 150/1 to get relegated.
That's your lot for this week, as always please gamble responsibly. #gambleaware