Having guaranteed automatic promotion to the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening, Reading could secure the Championship title this weekend should they better second-placed Southampton’s result.
The victory in midweek saw the Royals pick up maximum points for the sixth game in succession and their 15th win in 17 league matches.
They therefore go into their fixture with Crystal Palace at the Madejski in fine fettle, while the Eagles have been on a dismal run of form.
Odds of 7/20 for a home win suggests this should be a comfortable afternoon for Brian McDermott’s side, with the draw priced at 7/2.
An unlikely looking Palace victory can be backed at 15/2 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
While Reading head into the game as the league’s form team, Palace are anything but after their 2-1 defeat away at Portsmouth on Tuesday made it five defeats in the last seven league games for Dougie Freedman’s side.
Regardless of how it is achieved, with the Championship title at stake and it being their last home game of the season, anything other than a Reading win appears out of the question.
The Eagles have managed just one victory in 11 matches and you have to go back to New Year’s Eve for their last success on the road, when they narrowly saw off Millwall, so the statistics make for pretty grim reading ahead of this fixture for the London side.
One of the key factors in the Royals’ success this season has been a solid defence, with Kaspars Gorkss and Alex Pearce proving a formidable partnership at the heart of the back four, helping the side record three clean sheets in their last four games
Taking this into account, along with Palace’s form away from home in recent months, backing a Reading win to nil at 11/10 certainly looks tempting – especially as this has been the case 18 times for the Berkshire club so far this season.
As well as the league’s meanest defence, Reading also have no problems finding the back of the net, with Hull being the last side to shut out McDermott’s men back in January in what was their last home defeat 18 league games ago.
Therefore a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 home win in the multiple correct score market at 3/2 looks very appealing, and customers who sign up to bwin.com and place their £25 free bet on this tip would see a return of £62.50 should one of these outcomes prove successful.
Another bet which could be worth laying out on is a draw at half-time and a Reading win at full-time at 16/5, with the Royals having been level at the break in 26 of their league games.
Palace have been level at the break in 23 games this season.
But regardless of how it is achieved, with the Championship title at stake and it being their last home game of the season, anything other than a Reading win appears out of the question.
Reading to win to nil @ 11/10
Reading to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0
Draw/Reading win at half time/full time @ 16/5
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