Reading have won a remarkable eight league games in a row and you wouldn’t bet against them making it nine as they head to Leeds. The Whites are clinging on to a play-off place by the skin of their teeth having won just one of their last six and as that victory was a rather flattering 4-1 triumph against faltering Nottingham Forest, it’s fair to suggest that Simon Grayson’s men aren’t at their best at the moment.
They needed a last-gasp own-goal to land a point against Watford at Elland Road on Saturday, so up against the buoyant Royals, it’s hard to make a case for them and indeed the visitors aren’t without appeal at 13/8 with Totesport, although Leeds’ decent record on their own patch means that it’s slightly more tempting to back Brian McDermott’s men ‘Draw No Bet’ at 10/11 courtesy of Paddy Power.
In Friday’s other televised clash Forest, at 5/4 () can finally put paid to Leicester’s lingering top six hopes and in turn boost their own, by seeing off the Foxes at the City Ground. Billy Davies’ men notched twice without reply in their last home match against Burnley to snap a worrying winless sequence and although they went down at Norwich last time out, they have enough at home to get the better of a Leicester team struggling at exactly the wrong time.
A tally of ten points from their last available dozen has dispelled any notion that Coventry might get sucked into a relegation battle and with the Sky Blues able to relax a touch, it could open the door for scrapping Scunthorpe who head to the Ricoh Arena with survival a possibility again after their impressive victory in last Saturday’s six-pointer at Crystal Palace.
That was the Iron’s second win in three games, adding to their impressive 4-1 triumph against leaders QPR and with Alan Knill’s appointment seemingly reaping immediate dividends at Glanford Park, perhaps Scunthorpe are overpriced at 4/1 with , to edge out Coventry.
Of course, the form of the hosts is a worry, where a speculative gamble on the Iron is concerned and indeed wary punters can back Knill’s troops at 21/20 with William Hill to either win or draw. Alternatively, those distancing themselves from the match betting altogether can tackle Boylesport’s 11/8 for Coventry’s in-form striker Marlon King to notch at any time.
Reading to beat Leeds ‘Draw No Bet’ – 10/11 (Paddy Power)
Scunthorpe to beat Coventry – 4/1 ()