Cardiff 0-1 Reading (Yann Kermogant)
Ipswich 1-0 Preston (Grant Ward)
Kick Off: 20.00, 09/09/2016
Head-to-head: Ipswich 2-1 Reading, Reading 5-1 Ipswich, Ipswich 0-1 Reading, Reading 1-0 Ipswich, Ipswich 2-0 Reading
* Reading to win @ 6/5
* Under 2.5 goals @ 3/5
* Both teams to score – No @ 3/4
* Only one of Ipswich’s six games so far this term has seen over 2.5 goals scored
* Reading have won their past five matches at home to Ipswich
* The 13 matches involving these two this season have seen both teams score just five times
A look at Reading’s betting odds
The Royals’ Jekyll and Hyde campaign under new boss Jaap Stam continued with their first away win of 2016/17 against Cardiff, so confidence should be soaring back on home turf.
Betting on Reading at the Madejski so far this season has resulted in mixed success, with two wins and two draws from Championship/EFL Cup commitments so far at least leaving Stam unbeaten at headquarters.
They could hardly have asked for better opponents next though, going by recent form at least, as Reading have beaten Ipswich on each of the Tractor Boys’ past five visits, with three of former striker Orlando Sa’s five Championship strikes for the club coming in a 5-1 victory 12 months ago.
Another goal-glut looks unlikely, but 6/5 odds about the hosts simply winning seem worth a wager.
A look at Ipswich’s betting odds
Mick McCarthy’s men’s odds appear a little short at 11/5 considering their woeful recent form in this part of Berkshire, especially with Ipswich winless on the road so far this term.
Both teams have found the net in just one of the Norfolk outfit’s past five games, with Ipswich culpable in three of these fixtures.
Four of Reading’s six matches so far have also seen just one side ripple the onion bag, so betting on 3/4 about the same outcome here makes sense.