They may have sold star striker Shane Long on Tuesday, but Reading can use the departure of their talisman to cause an upset at free-spending Leicester City.
Unlike their opponents, the Royals have a settled side that have played together for a number of seasons and it is that continuity and the belief in one another that took the team so close to promotion glory last season and makes them an excellent bet on Saturday.
While Long’s goals and work-rate will be sorely missed, Reading have players capable of stepping up to the mark and replicating the Irishman’s success, including Mathieu Manset, whose brace last Saturday rescued a point against Millwall. With Noel Hunt and Hal Robson-Kanu also fighting for a start, the attacking options on offer should mean plenty of goals.
They travel to the King Power Stadium with a good record behind them, having not lost at Leicester in their last four meetings. Last season saw the Royals take maximum points off their opponents, including an excellent 3-1 in April. At 16/5, punters who claim their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com will be guaranteed a return of £105 should the Royals upset the odds on Saturday.
The pressure is on Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Leicester side after their heavy spending this summer. That transfer policy brought in the likes of former Reading captain Matt Mills, David Nugent and Paul Konchesky among others, and with an expectant home crowd at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, the pressure could mount on the home side should they fail to take an early lead, playing into the opposition’s hands.
However, the Foxes will have to make do without former England international Darius Vassell, who misses out through suspension after a straight red card in the 1-0 win at Coventry City last Saturday.
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