It’s fair to say neither Hull nor Reading have enjoyed the start to the season they would have wanted.
Tigers boss Nigel Pearson will be disappointed to have seen his side fall to three defeats in their first four outings but after a summer of upheaval, which has seen the arrival of seven new faces at the KC Stadium, gelling quickly was always going to be a big ask.
And following the sales of captain Matt Mills and top scorer Shane Long in recent weeks, Reading have also endured a stuttering opening period, suffering two defeats in their opening four games and only narrowly avoiding a third against Millwall on the first day of the season.
Both sides are capable of better, as evidenced by Reading’s 2-0 victory over big-spending Leicester and Hull’s 1-0 win at promotion hopefuls Ipswich. However, deciding which team bounces back first is a tough call, making the draw at 2/1 a sensible bet for the conservative punter.
For those willing to put their necks on the line a little more, Reading are great value at 7/4, having lost only three league games away from home in 2011. Using bwin’s £25 free bet for signing up for an account on a Royals victory will return a tidy £68.75 if they head back to Berkshire with all three points.
The addition of imposing defender Kaspars Gorkss from Queens Park Rangers this week will bring some much-needed stability to the Reading rearguard. The Latvian national captain made 42 appearances as the Rs won the Championship last season and he is line to make his debut on Saturday.
If you want to back Gorkss to start with a clean sheet against a side that has only scored twice this season, one of them an own goal, you can get 2/1 odds on Hull not to score. It is also worth checking out Reading winning to nil at 333/100 – a punt which basically returns £4.33 for every £1 laid.
Reading also have a habit of scoring late goals, as all five of their league goals this season have come after the 60th minute, with three arriving in the final five minutes.
With Brian McDermott’s men priced at 2/1 to win the second half, there is an undoubted opportunity to treble your money here.
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