Portsmouth will be looking to overcome a succession of 1-0 home reverses when they take on Reading at Fratton Park this evening.
Including a pre-season friendly against Chelsea, Pompey have lost their last three home games 1-0, with Barnet and Brighton the other teams to triumph on the south coast during this run.
However, Reading’s form so far this season suggests Portsmouth will have to wait a while longer before earning their first home win of the campaign.
After a 2-2 draw with Millwall at the Madejski Stadium on the Championship’s opening day, the Royals recorded a surprise 2-0 win over Leicester at the newly-renamed King Power Stadium.
The fact that Leicester are second-favourites for the Championship title illustrates the magnitude of Reading’s achievement and suggests they will be in the promotion mix come the end of the season.
The same cannot be said for Pompey, who are still recovering from the financial crisis which almost forced them out of business.
Manager Steve Cotterill admitted after the Brighton defeat on Saturday that Portsmouth were in a “transition” phase as they seek to add to their squad.
With this in mind, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Reading are 13/10 favourites to win the match in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with a Portsmouth victory priced at 39/20 and a draw at 9/4.
Given Portsmouth have not scored in their last two home matches and Reading have hit the back of the net at least twice in each of their last five – including friendlies – a 2-0 win for the Royals could be the best bet at odds of 10/1.
A successful £25 free bet on Reading to beat Portsmouth 2-0, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £275.
Alternatively, punters could back the Royals to keep a clean sheet at odds of 7/4, with this making added sense given only QPR conceded fewer goals away from home than Reading in the Championship last season.
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