Reading have already secured promotion to the Premier League and Southampton will definitely join them if they pick up all three points at Middlesbrough.
Any other result would leave Saints awaiting the outcome of Monday’s clash between Leicester and West Ham but as Boro have seen their play-off hopes severely hampered by a run of just one win in ten outings, Nigel Adkins’ men catch the eye at 11/8 with Boylesports to pick up a third consecutive away win.
It’s a lack of goals that has caused Tony Mowbray’s men to slip out of the top six, Middlesbrough having found the net just six times in their last ten games and that statistic lends appeal to Paddy Power’s 3/1 for Southampton to prevail ‘to nil’. Alternatively, bolder punters can back Saints at 11/1 via Stan James to notch twice without reply.
They may have ensured they’ll be playing top-flight football next term but Reading are unlikely to ease off as they look to clinch the title so they’re a home banker at 2/5 (bet365) as they welcome off-colour Crystal Palace to the Madejski Stadium.
At the other end meanwhile, Bristol City can guarantee survival by beating a Barnsley team already safe despite a run of ten defeats in 13 attempts. The Robins are unbeaten in six, showing resilience at exactly the right time and William Hill’s 5/6 for them to send the Tykes home empty-handed is subsequently hard to ignore.