Despite their relegation worries, Reading have only suffered one home defeat this season in six outings but bookies expect that tally to double this weekend as Manchester United visit the Madejski Stadium.
William Hill have installed Sir Alex Ferguson’s troops at 4/9 to maintain their push to wrest the title back from rivals Manchester City while the Royals are a 7/1 shot at Paddy Power to follow Everton and Norwich’s lead by sending the Red Devils home empty-handed and bet365 post 7/2 against Brian McDermott’s men sharing the spoils on their own patch for the fifth time this term.
Their stubbornness at home aside however, Reading will find it difficult to hold out against a United team keen to put some travelling wobbles behind them and the visitors should enjoy the upper hand in a potentially high-scoring affair. BetVictor offer 4/5 about both teams finding the net and it’s 4/7 via Skybet for the contest to produce three or more goals, an outcome bet365 combine with an away success at an enticing 20/21.
A potential contributor to the goal total could be Javier Hernandez. The United front man isn’t a guaranteed starter but has found the net four times in his team’s last four domestic away matches so he’s clearly thriving on the road and catches the eye at evens (Stan James) to notch at any stage here.
At Upton Park, West Ham have toiled of late, winning just one of their last six in all competitions and BetVictor quote Chelsea at 17/20 to worsen that record by picking up three points in the pair’s derby clash. Nevertheless, it’s set to be a close encounter so there’s plenty to like about Stan James’ 3/1 marked against a Blues success by one and Skybet’s 7/1 for Rafa Benitez’s charges to card a 1-0 triumph.
Champions Manchester City have struggled against Everton in recent seasons, losing eight of the pair’s last ten meetings but they saw off the Toffees at the Etihad Stadium last season and can do so again this weekend at odds of 4/7 via bet365. This is another fixture that could prove to be tight though and correct score punters could do worse than consider Ladbrokes’ 15/2 for City to edge out the solid Toffees 2-1.
High-flying West Brom have been almost untouchable so far at the Hawthorns, where they’re 21/20 with William Hill to see off Stoke and Shane Long, who has looked sharp of late, is decent value at 5/1 (Skybet) to open the scoring in the Black Country. Meanwhile, staying in the battle for the top four, Betfred price Arsenal at 4/9 to collect a maximum haul at Swansea’s expense but the Gunners’ North London rivals Spurs might have to settle for a point (5/2, Stan James) as they make the short journey to Fulham.
Elsewhere, Ladbrokes quote Liverpool at 2/5 to overcome Southampton at Anfield, Harry Redknapp’s QPR, at 11/10 courtesy of Stan James can boost their survival hopes by defeating Aston Villa and William Hill offer 13/10 about a Norwich triumph at home to Sunderland on Sunday. Finally on Monday, BetVictor’s draw quote of 5/2 is the stand out wager as Newcastle host Wigan.