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Reading vs Burnley: Nothing to choose between in-form sides

| 17.02.2012

Two of the Championship’s hottest form teams meet in front of the Sky cameras on Friday night, as Reading look to win their fourth consecutive league game and justify a 17/20 price to do so.

Their visitors Burnley are in good form themselves, having lost just once in their last six matches, and 10/3 odds for an away victory seem long considering the Clarets have already won eight on the road this season.

The travellers will be desperate to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat at the hands of Reading, and the draw looks good at 12/5, with both teams performing well in their pursuit of a playoff spot, even though Burnley have yet to play out a stalemate away from home this season.

Reading’s eight home wins cancel out their visitors’ eight triumphs on their travels, and it seems as though the two cancelling each other out here is a distinct possibility too.

It is 9/2 that the end of each half results in a draw, whilst you can get a big 14/1 on the Royals leading at the break with a stalemate at full-time.

Goals look a certainty, with Reading matches reaping 37 goals at the Madejski this season, and Burnley’s travels seeing the net bulge 39 times.

Therefore, 14/1 odds on a 2-2 draw are very generous, and some brave punters may even afford some interest to the 50/1 for a 3-3 scoreline.

First goalscorer markets could be a good source of profitability on the game too, with Jason Roberts 9/2 favourite to improve on his 100% record for the Royals with the opener here.

Simon Church and Adam Le Fondre, with six goals each, come next for the home side at 6/1, whilst the visitors’ 18-goal forward Jay Rodriguez is massive at 8/1 to score first or last in the game, as he has done in four of his last six appearances.



John Klee