Reading and Watford go in to their Championship clash at the Madejski both struggling for goals and victories so far this season.
After losing last seasons play-off final, Brian McDermott would have been expecting his side to have hit the ground running in a bid to go one better and reach the promised land of the Premier League.
However, McDermott finds his side languishing in 20th place with just a victory and a draw to show from their opening five matches.
Football betting fans who believe the Royals will flush out the Hornets and pick up a much-needed win can back them at 7/10.
The story isn’t any better for Watford as they are currently languishing in the bottom three and are without a league win all season.
The Vicarage Road outfit have found life easier on the road so far – with two draws from three matches – and their fans will draw on that as they travel along the M4 to Berkshire to support their stuttering side.
Punters who want to bet on the Hornets to sting Reading can do so at 15/4 with bwin.com. Should Sean Dyche’s men win both the first and second half, then those who backed it at 8/1 will be in for a good return.
However, the recent history of this clash points to one outcome – a stalemate. In the last ten league meetings between the sides there have been seven draws.
Last season, both games finished 1-1 and the odds on a repeat are 23/4, while a 2-2 draw is priced at a lengthy 40/1. Should you fancy more than two goals in this game, the ‘over’ selection in bwin’s 2.5 goals market is available at 4/5.
Having said that, in the summer both sides sold their top marksmen from last season and goals have certainly been hard to come by in their absence.
The players most likely to be given the job of stepping in to the boots of the departed strikers will be Noel Hunt for Reading and Joe Garner, a deadline-day signing from Nottingham Forest, for Watford.
With both sides lacking form and a firing goalscorer, the goalless draw at 9/1 looks a very tempting bet. Punters who join bwin.com and use their free £25 bet on such a stalemate will walk away with £250 should both sides fail to find the net.
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