It’s not quite a title decider but with both teams locked on 82 points at the Championship summit, Southampton and Reading’s mouth-watering showdown at the St Mary’s Stadium could be hugely significant.
Saints’ home advantage means that they’re Blue Square’s 13/10 favourites to land a crucial three points but the Royals, BetVictor’s 23/10 outsiders, have won a remarkable 13 of their last 15 matches so they’re difficult to oppose despite being away from home.
Boylesports post 12/5 against it finishing all square and a combination of Southampton’s tremendous home record and Reading’s outstanding form make that stalemate price look somewhat appealing.
Similarly, as it looks likely that both teams will score, an outcome Coral rate at 8/11, a 1-1 scoreline at 6/1 via William Hill might be worth a modest flutter as that was the result when the pair met at the Madejski Stadium and Billy Sharp, who has bagged a brace in each of his last two home matches for Nigel Adkins’ charges, is 15/8 (Stan James) to get on the scoresheet at some stage. Alternatively, the Saints front man is 11/2 courtesy of BetVictor to break the deadlock.