This is a very significant moment in Wolves’ season. They head into this match following a 4-1 drubbing at Villa Park, which has seen their once huge advantage at the top cut to just 3 points. On paper they have a good opportunity to bounce straight back, with two home games against struggling sides in the space of five days.
Win them both and Wolves will once again be firmly knocking on the door of the top flight but a slip-up here and you’d have to question whether or not the wheels have come off their once relentless charge towards the Premier League.
This is actually a tougher game that it immediately appears. While Reading are struggling in the bottom six, their away record isn’t too bad for a side in their league position. They’ve avoided defeat in 59% of their away fixtures this season in the Championship and it has been their abysmal home record that has really let them down. Against a Wolves side that showed sudden defensive vulnerabilities at the weekend with some very poor defending contributing to some of Villa’s goals, the Royals will feel they can ask questions.
Reading have scored at least once in 71% of their away league games. 59% of those matches have produced goals at both ends and they’ve scored more times away from home than at the Madejski. All of their last four away games have produced goals at both ends, with the Royals netting 6 times in those matches. They also managed to score three goals against high-flying Derby at home last month so there have been signs that things are improving in the final third.
Reading have a bit more quality than their league position suggests and with the pressure off to some extent here in a game they start as huge underdogs, they may be able to play with a bit more freedom. Therefore we have reason to think Reading can score and a Wolves goal looks virtually guaranteed, so backing Both Teams to Score could be worth a punt.
Wolves are as short as 1/3 with the bookies to win this match. It’s rare you see odds that short in the Championship and recent weeks have proved Wolves are not exempt from the rule that anyone can beat anyone in this league. The Black Country outfit have managed just 4 wins in 12 matches in all competitions heading into this. That kind of return and the nature of their weekend collapse suggests backing Reading Double Chance could be worth a flutter here at long odds.
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