Reading (2.38) come into todays' game with Forest on the back of a LWLWLW scenario in their past 6 league games. Horrible to watch for fans as you never know what team will turn up! Having said that, here at Bookie Watch, we hope to be able to guide you on the right path for today's match against Nottingham Forest (3.25). Last time Dougie Freedman came to the Madejski, he saw his Bolton team thrashed, 7-1. A repeat of that is unlikely this weekend, with Forest on a magnificent run since he came in, having remained unbeaten so far since joining the club in his 10:06 28/02/2015five matches. The draw option is available today at 3.5.
A strong home performance to a faltering Bournemouth (who won't make the Play-offs - You heard it here first!), shows they can mix it with the top their of the division, and despite Assombalonga being out injured for the remainder of the season, they are still a threat in front of goal. All the games involving Freedman so far have had plenty of goalmouth action, and I expect the trend to continue, especially with Clarke possibly feeling the pressure to be more adventurous at home, over 2.5 at 1.91 is a very nice bet for today's game.
The issue Forest have had this season however is finishing teams off, and they've only managed one win away from home against a bottom half team so far, with five draws. A high scoring draw, such as a 2-2 available at 16.00 is worth a look at as well. However, I prefer the 8.50 available for Reading to come from behind and draw. Forest to be leading at HT and then fail to win is also an option worth considering at 11.00.
Lansbury has scored in his past five games for Forest, and is 5.00 to continue the trend today, with Forest scoring plenty against lower to mid table sides in their past few games, it's tough to say he won't score, however, given the odds, it's probably a pass from Bookie Watch. A more attractive option is for Antonio to score today, and the odds have available at 5.20 in some places (shop around as he is as low as 3.00 with Paddypower which is horrid!), after he put two past Reading in Nottingham earlier this season.
1) Draw @ 3.50 - Reading have not seen many draws under Steve Clarke as of yet (just the one in fact, when Reading blew a 2-0 lead to Brighton). However, I think Forest still have a slight pressure in the back of their minds when playing lower teams away from home, which may allow Reading into the game a bit more, Forest are likely to get at least two goals I'd say today, but are not a behemoth at the back, and if Reading can create chances, it'll be a (fingers crossed) entertaining game.
2) Antonio to score anytime @ 5.20 - So far this season, Antonio has scored 10 in the league in 33 games, so to get odds of 5.20 is brilliant considering their main striker is now out injured and more of the goal scoring burden is likely to be handed across to him.
3) Over 2.5 goals @ 1.91 - I think this is probably the safest bet for today, Reading have shown they aren't quite solid at the back under Clarke yet, and Forest are likely to be able to exploit that, however Reading do have options going forwards still, and will look to counter against the pressured football Forest are likely to bring.
As always, good luck to anyone betting on the game today, be it on the Royals, or "traitor betting" as it seems to have been named (I will write up an article later in the season about this, interesting topic!)., and Come on URZ!