Reading’s promotion charge shows little sign of halting and 13/20 odds on the Royals beating Leeds United on Good Friday look decidedly generous given that they have won ten of their last 11 home matches.
That’s before you even consider that the buoyant Berkshire club have 12 goals in their last four matches.
Reading’s six remaining opponents this season will gain little comfort from the way they smashed four past West Ham at Upton Park last weekend while barely appearing to strain.
Still, Whites boss Neil Warnock is not a man to flinch in the face of a steep challenge.
Away points are essential if Leeds are to keep their slim play-off hopes alive and those who think the Yorkshireman will rouse his men with a pre-match rallying cry can back Leeds to win at 4/1, or take a draw at 27/10.
Backing two goals or more to be scored in the second half could pay off at 21/20. Reading have scored a remarkable 75% of their goals in the second period this campaign, while Leeds have fired 69% of theirs after the break.
Unfortunately for Warnock, his players have shown an alarming tendency to flinch at various points throughout the season.
Anyone backing them must certainly hope they put in one of their better showings, rather than the kind that saw them humiliated 7-3 at home to Nottingham Forest recently.
Leeds’s away record (eight wins this season) certainly gives them hope at fortress Madejski Stadium. Intriguingly, Leeds have scored almost as many goals on the road (30) as Reading have at home.
So while it looks unlikely that Reading will slip up as they near a return to the Premier League, backing a tight home victory is an appealing route into this clash.
Reading to win by exactly one goal can be backed at 5/2 by selecting the draw option in the 0-1 handicap market and this is where my money will be going.
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If you’re looking for a shorter-priced alternative, backing two goals or more to be scored in the second half could pay off at 21/20.
Reading have scored a remarkable 75% of their goals in the second period this campaign, while Leeds have fired 69% of theirs after the break.
Reading to win by a one-goal margin @ 5/2 Two or more goals in the second half @ 21/20
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