With both sides now in the bottom two, Aston Villa’s home clash with Reading is something of a six-pointer, even at this relatively early stage of the campaign and it’s Paul Lambert’s charges that are strongly fancied to land a crucial three points, BetVictor pricing them at evens.
Coral quote the Royals at 3/1 to bag their first away success of the season and it’s 5/2 at Stan James to finish all square but aided by home advantage, the Villans should have the upper hand in what looks set to be a high-scoring affair.
The hosts had scored in every fixture at home before Saturday’s goalless encounter against Arsenal while the visitors’ defending hasn’t always been as convincing as boss Brian McDermott would like – the weekend’s 3-2 loss at Wigan being a case in point.
Reading however, also know how to score on the road and this contest subsequently looks like one that will generate three or more goals, an outcome William Hill price at 10/11. Combining that tally with a home triumph meanwhile, can be done at bet365 at odds of 15/8.
At the Stadium of Light, Harry Redknapp takes charge of rock bottom QPR for the first time and he’s 12/5 via Paddy Power to make a winning start by guiding Rangers to a first victory of the campaign, at Sunderland.
Redknapp’s presence in the crowd at Manchester United on Saturday seemed to prompt an improvement from the QPR players and with the Black Cats less than convincing this term, the former Spurs boss could well utilise his renowned man-management skills and provide the spark the struggling Hoops need to finally bag a maximum haul.
Double on Aston Villa and QPR – 29/5 (BetVictor)