Two unpredictable and under-confident Championship sides will be hoping to capitalise on each others’ weaknesses as Ipswich Town host Reading this Saturday.
The hosts are desperately seeking to reverse a run of four losses in a row. They need to sharpen up defensively before results go their way again, having now conceded more goals per match than any other side in the Championship this season (1.9).
Luckily for Ipswich’s besieged backline they are to face one of the tamest attacks in the division in Reading (they’ve scored just one goal per game on average thus far).
A plus for the hosts could well be that they have two defenders with inside knowledge of Reading’s attacking threat in the shape of former Royals stars Ivar Ingimarsson and Ibrahima Sonko (who is currently injured).
A quick look at bwin’s 3Way football betting market for the match shows odds of 17/10 for a home win, which, on the face of it at least, appear generous.
For their part, Reading looked more dangerous going forward than they have done for a while against Cardiff last weekend and were unlucky to only find the net once. Their decent away record this season – three wins and two draws from eight matches – makes them backable too at 3/2.
In a tough match to call, the draw is also set to attract plenty of money at 9/4.
One notable difference between the two sides is the time at which they have scored this season. In a decent seven of their last 20 matches, Ipswich have found the net in the first half.
Reading, on the other hand, have scored a miserable one goal this season in the first 50 minutes of play. Befitting a strong side lacking confidence they have found the going a lot easier as opponents tire and open up against them late on, scoring a remarkable 11 goals (65% of their league total) in the final 18 minutes of play and conceding just three in that period (17% of total goals conceded).
The two sides’ contrasting scoring patterns make for some enticing long shots in the halftime/fulltime market. Ipswich to lead at half-time and the sides to draw after 90 minutes can be backed at 25/2, while Reading to come back from a half-time deficit to win is a 28/1 opportunity.
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