Reading travel to Watford aiming to keep up with the top four teams in the Championship and put in an improved performance on the one which saw them fall to a shock 1-0 defeat to Stevenage in the FA Cup.
Watford had a better time in the FA Cup – they beat Bradford 4-2. However, both of the sides lost their last league games, with the Hornets defeated 2-0 at Portsmouth and the Royals going down 3-1 at Cardiff City.
The two teams have already played in the league this season, with the Hornets triumphing 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium thanks to goals from Mark Yeates and John Eustace. They are priced at 9/5 to make it six points out of six against Reading today.
This leaves Brian McDermott’s men at 29/20 for the win.
However, six of the last ten meetings between the two sides have ended in a draw, making this the best bet in bwin’s 3Way football betting market at 11/5.
The Royals have only scored six of their 32 goals before half time.
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Another interesting bet is for Reading to score more of their goals in the second half at 8/5.
This looks likely as the Royals have only scored six of their 32 goals before half time.
I also expect Reading to win the second half at 7/4. Watford look vulnerable after the break having conceded nearly as many goals in the second half as Reading have in both halves and the Royals look more than capable of taking advantage of this deficiency.
And with Watford’s attack being more successful in the first half of games than in the second, a Watford/draw sequence in the half time/full time market is one final bet to consider at 25/2.
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