Andre Villas-Boas is yet to pick up his first victory as Tottenham boss and the former Chelsea manager might have to wait a touch longer to secure his maiden maximum haul because Spurs are in for a tough afternoon as they visit Reading.
BetVictor do make the North London outfit their 11/10 favourites ahead of the Madejski Stadium clash but they’ve failed to convince so far, losing at Newcastle before carding back-to-back draws against West Brom and Norwich at White Hart Lane; home matches most would have expected them to win.
Subsequently, they make for no appeal at that price and while Reading are also winless, making them a touch risky at 11/4 with Stan James, a case can be made for the stuttering pair cancelling each other out and sharing the spoils, an outcome bet365 price at 5/2.
Spurs’ last couple have finished one-each, a scoreline that Ladbrokes offer at 6/1 today and it’s 9/2 courtesy of Skybet to be level at the end of half. Jermain Defoe meanwhile, is set to attract first scorer cash at 6/1 (William Hill) but punters seeking value in the goals department could do worse than focus on Royals front man Pavel Pogrebnyak.