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Reading FC Bookie Watch: February 17

Reading's fortunes fluctuate enough to justify a weekly bookie watch at the moment but we'll stick with our traditional monthly format for the time being and check out how Reading's odds have changed with the money men since our last report a month ago.

Stu Forster
Championship: Odds to be Promoted

LEICESTER 1/14 2/7 6/5 6/5 2/1
QPR 11/10 4/9 2/7 4/9 2/1
BURNLEY 6/4 2/1 2/1 9/4 8/1
DERBY 15/8 15/8 2/1 10/1 8/1
NOTT'M FOREST 2/1 3/1 5/1 3/1 4/1
READING 9/2 6/1 7/2 7/2 3/1
WIGAN 8/1 8/1 9/1 9/2 5/1
BRIGHTON 11/1 9/1 8/1 12/1 5/1
WATFORD 20/1 16/1 14/1 3/1 7/2

Elsewhere and it's unsurprising to see Leicester at the top and at odds of 1/14, the bookies have all but declared the race over, with a £50 bet winning you just over £3 in profit.Reading have won three and lost two since our last report but the impressive win over QPR has seen our odds come tumbling down,  from as high as 6/1 before kick-off to 9/2 afterwards. It's still a fair chunk higher than our pre-season odds but at 9/2 the bookies still see us as a very serious threat to go up.

Despite the defeat to Reading yesterday, QPR remain second favourites but it's the first time since the pre-season that you've been able to get odds against them.

Elsewhere Burnley, Derby and Forest are all right in the frame but there's a big gap emerging between Reading and Wigan, who are the best of the rest out at 8/1. The bookies cut-off for realistic promotion contenders seems to be at Brighton, with the South Coast side at 11/1 before a big gap out to Watford and Ipswich at 20/1.


Championship: Odds to Win
LEICESTER 2/9 11/13 5/1 9/2 14/1
QPR 9/1 2/1 10/11 9/2 6/1
BURNLEY 20/1 17/1 10/1 8/1 80/1
DERBY 25/1 14/1 9/1 50/1 33/1
NOTT'M FOREST 25/1 25/1 28/1 16/1 12/1
READING 80/1 50/1 16/1 20/1 9/1

Fancy Reading to repeat that remarkable run from two years ago to storm to the title? Well you're a braver man than me but if you do fancy a flutter you can get 80/1 on Reading winning the title right now.

Leicester are rampant favourites with QPR the only realistic challengers as far as the bookmakers are concerned.


Championship: Odds to be Relegated
YEOVIL 1/4 2/5 8/11 1/3 11/10
BARNSLEY 2/5 4/9 1/2 11/13 11/10
CHARLTON 11/8 10/3 11/5 4/1 9/1
DONCASTER 7/4 4/5 11/8 7/4 5/2
MILLWALL 15/8 5/2 7/2 3/1 9/2

Things aren't looking good if you're a Yeovil or a Barnsley fan with both teams still odds on to be playing League One football next season.  I think those odds seem a little harsh on Yeovil, who with two games in hand on the likes of Millwall and Donny, could get themselves back in the race and you can get odds of 10/3 on them beating the drop as I type this.

That being said it's a tough ask from a team that's seven points from safety and have won just five games all season.

Elsewhere Charlton, Donny and Millwall all find themselves deep in trouble.


Golden Boot

Our last bookie watch was written just after Alfie had bagged a hat-trick against Bolton but despite repeating the feat against Blackpool he remains 9 goals behind Ross McCormack and with games running out, 25/1 seems fairly short odds.

The only way I'd see value would be if McCormack picked up a big injury but even then Le Fondre's patchy record away from home would deter me from putting any cash on him.

McCormack is 8/15 to win it, with Danny Ings at 5/1 and Jordan Rhodes next best at 9/1.


So that's how the money men see it but what do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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