Both Leeds United and Reading can point to three wins from their last five matches as evidence that they are starting to make a timely push towards the Championship promotion places.
However, despite having talented squads, both clubs have also dropped careless points throughout the season to the frustration of their fans.
Sixth-placed Leeds are five points closer to the hallowed promotion zone than tenth-placed Reading. That might attract the loyalty of undecided punters at 6/5 for them to gift the Elland Road faithful three points in the last match before Christmas.
Leeds’ 11 goals over the last five matches and Reading’s ten in that period make a lively afternoon in West Yorkshire rich with goals a distinct possibility. Backing more than 3.5 goals to be scored at 11/5 is a great value bet should these recent goalscoring trends continue.
Reading’s tendency to score late becomes increasingly marked, if not bizarre – the club have scored just two goals in the first 50 minutes of their matches this season and struck some 24 in the final 40.
Five of the last six meetings between the two former Premier League outfits have ended in a draw, so 23/10 for another tie this weekend is therefore perfect for those who bet on the basis of head-to-head records.
In reality, there are several factors that point to a Reading win at 21/10 being the most tempting in the 3Way football betting market.
The Royals’ four away wins and Leeds’ three home defeats this season mean the chances of Reading taking the points south are greater than the odds suggest.
Indeed, with embarrassing recent home defeats to Blackpool and Barnsley fresh in their memories, Leeds could be jolted out of their confident mindset more quickly than Reading should things start to run against them.
A key figure in the recent Leeds revival has been goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who has been on loan from Reading since November and is therefore ineligible for Saturday’s fixture. His absence could unsettle a defence that has looked rocky at times this campaign.
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Backing Leeds to start the strongest but Reading to surge back could also pay off.
United have needed a mere 32 minutes to first find the net on average at home this season, whereas Reading’s tendency to score late becomes increasingly marked, if not bizarre – the club have scored just two goals in the first 50 minutes of their matches this season and struck some 24 in the final 40.
Leeds to be leading at half-time but beaten as the final whistle sounds unlikely but might just be the long shot of the weekend at 33/1.
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