Reading v Wolves Betting Tips: Royals a good bet to come out on top

Mar 02 2017

These two sides are looking at opposite ends of the Championship with Reading currently chasing promotion through the play-offs whilst Wolverhampton Wanderers are simply looking to survive.

Despite losing their last two fixtures against promotion rivals Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion, Reading are still firmly in the play-off positions and are seven points ahead of 7th thanks to a cushion built up earlier in the season.

Manager Jaap Stam has brought tika-taka to Berkshire since arriving in the summer and this attacking style has clearly worked as they are scoring goals and producing results – the ideal scenario. However, their defence is pretty ropey and their record of 45 conceded is the worst inside the top seven – quite a few of the relegation candidates, including Saturday’s opponents Wolves, have a better defensive record.

Both of those aforementioned losses came away from home and, in fact, Reading’s record at the Madejski Stadium has been excellent with no defeats in their last four, winning three of those matches.

After looking like they were on an upward curve a few weeks ago, Wolves have now lost their last five in all competitions and are only two points above the drop-zone.

Paul Lambert’s men have been especially poor in the final third recently with just two goals scored in their last five matches and just 39 in 32 league games overall this season. The defensive overall do not make too terrible reading – as I mentioned earlier, they have conceded fewer than Reading. However, they have kept a clean sheet in just 22% of their matches this season (Reading have a 32% record) and have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven games in all competitions, despite the fact they won two of them.

Going away from Molineux is actually a relief for Wolves as their home record is the worst in the Championship. On the road though it has been a different story with 20 points from 16 games although, having said that, they have now only won one of their last four matches away from home.

I am certainly backing Reading here given the circumstances and am surprised they can be had at 5/4. The hosts shoul be e far too strong and can come out on top.

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