It won’t exactly be all smiles in the Manchester City camp at the minute; Roberto Mancini’s men relinquished the title meekly to neighbours Manchester United, they were turned over by Wigan in the FA Cup final on Saturday and now the manager’s future is shrouded in uncertainty.
Subsequently, can punters trust them to make their quality tell at relegated Reading and justify the 4/7 favouritism afforded to them by bet365? In short, no, they’re simply too much of a gamble at that price in the circumstances.
Of course the Royals are in the bottom three for a reason but they’ve lost only one of their last four, beat Fulham 4-2 in their last outing and will be keen to give their supporters a decent send off in their final home game in the Premier League.
They look overpriced then at 6/1 (888Sport) and might be worth a modest play to heap more misery on Mancini’s charges. Alternatively, Nigel Adkins’s men are 6/4 via Skybet when kicking off a goal in front in the handicaps while Coral quote them at 9/2 in the ‘draw-no-bet’ market.
Reading to beat Man City – 6/1 (888Sport)