Barnsley haven’t beaten Reading in the league since doing the double over them in the 1996-97 season, with the Royals undefeated in the last seven meetings between the two sides.
Indeed, everything on paper points to a home win in Saturday’s npower Championship fixture, with Reading odds-on favourites at 11/20.
Brian McDermott’s side remain dark horses for the second tier crown at 18/1, although it could be worth remembering that the last time the Berkshire club suffered the disappointment of a failed promotion push they bounced back the following year to storm to the title with a record points tally.
Despite losing Shane Long, the Royals have continued their trend from last term of scoring late on in matches, grabbing an equalizer on 89 minutes in their last home fixture.
To that end, Reading are 13/4 to be drawing at the interval before running out winners at full time in bwin’s halftime/fulltime football betting market.
Meanwhile, a Barnsley player has yet to score in any competition this season so far, with the only goal for the Tykes coming courtesy of a Middlesbrough player putting through his own net in midweek.
Their opponents’ lack of firepower makes Reading 8/5 with bwin to win to nil and when you consider the Tykes have never scored in the league at the Madejski Stadium, punters should also be attracted to the regular time goal bet market in the Royals’ favour.
Both a 1-0 and 2-0 victory for McDermott’s side carry odds of 7/1. A free bet of £25 available to all new customers who register for a bwin account on either option will return £200 if that proves the correct scoreline.
That said, those convinced Barnsley can come away with a shock win can back the Tykes at odds of 5/1 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with a draw available at 11/4.
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