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Reading v Spurs: Hosts to frustrate AVB further

| 15.09.2012

Reading have not played a Premier League game for three weeks and this extended break can ensure that they gain a result from Tottenham’s visit to the Madejski Stadium.

Brian McDermott’s team are unbeaten in ten league games at home, winning on eight of these occasions.

Meanwhile, the recent record of Tottenham or Andre Villas-Boas does not inspire much confidence in an away success.

Spurs have already failed to beat West Brom and Norwich at home this season and these fixtures should theoretically have been easier than a trip to Reading.

Furthermore, Villas-Boas has triumphed in just three of his last 15 games in the Premier League.

The draw looks perhaps the most likely result here at 11/5, with Reading priced at 13/5 to take the three points.

Some punters may also find some value in the 13/8 that Reading secure victory, but a draw would see losing stakes refunded.

The fixture could be a big one for Tottenham, with a number of their new recruits in position to have an impact.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Moussa Dembele could make first starts, while Clint Dempsey is in contention for a debut.

Adebayor has six goals in his last six starts for Tottenham from his spell on loan last season and is 6/4 to strike at any time in the 90 minutes.

For Reading, Pavel Pogrebnyak is 5/2 in the same market and looks the chief threat for the hosts, while Jimmy Kebe is 9/2 in what could be his first appearance of the season after injury.

Tottenham are 11/10 to hand Villas-Boas a long-awaited first victory as boss and his chances are aided by Reading taking maximum points in just one of their last nine outings in the Premier League.

All odds and markets correct as of publication



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.