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Reading vs Liverpool: Reds to be breached, but hold on

| 01.04.2013

Against the Premier League’s bottom side and one that has lost its last seven league matches consecutively, Liverpool are afforded heavy 1/2 favouritism to overcome Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

Thus, although a Reds victory would appear a certainty in light of the Royals’ recent from, there is little value to be found in the away side in match betting markets.

But rather than invest in the 11/2 hosts or the draw at 3/1, backing a Liverpool triumph in which both teams find the net appears the best call at 19/10.

The Anfield outfit have kept only three clean sheets on the road this term, whilst Reading have registered just less than two-thirds of their Premier League goals this season on their own patch.

Also, in seven of the nine total meetings between this pairing, either defence has been breached, with the Reds emerging victorious on six occasions across these bouts.

Given that three or more strikes have emanated from six of these nine games too, total result markets also appear attention-worthy.

Brendan Rodgers’ men are 21/20 to win a match involving at least 2.5 goals, and such a bet would have paid off in 11 of Liverpool’s 13 league successes during this campaign.

Meanwhile, 10 games this season have seen the Reds notch either two or three times, and so the 1/1 odds that the visitors repeat that here tempt.

A Reading goal-scoring trend should also be noted by punters ahead of this game though, with the timing of their strikes this season of particular interest.

15 of the Royals’ 36 total league goals have been scored in the final 15 minutes of matches, so the 23/10 odds that they initially find the net after the break are appealing.

And the hosts could also be worth backing to bag the final goal of the game, as 21/10 shots to achieve this, and a big 11/1 to strike in the last 10 minutes of the match.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee