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30/01/2018 Kick Off:  7:45 pm Pirelli Stadium V Predicted Score:1 - 2

Away Reading

Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Reading’s defence. The Royals have moved to shore up their backline with the singing of Tommy Elphick from Aston Villa and the centre-back could well start against Burton. Reading are 7/4 to keep a clean sheet.

2 We fancy:

Reading to win to nil at 3/1. Teams are scoring an average of 1.8 goals against Burton, meaning that the visitors can concentrate on keeping a clean sheet themselves, with the assurance that they should be able to crack the Burton defence.

3 It's a long shot, but…

Barrow to score a hat-trick at 100/1.

Reading’s top scorer has failed to score in seven matches, but against a defence that has already conceded 52 times this season, he might fancy his odds.

Team News

Burton Albion's Last Six:

Burton Albion’s last six: Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3

Striker Liam Boyce has resumed training following a cruciate ligament rupture but is still a way off match fitness, with Nigel Clough otherwise able to select from a full roster.

Reading's Last Six:

Reading’s last six: Won 0 Drawn: 2 Lost: 4

Reading’s captain Paul McShane remains a major doubt for Jaap Stam’s side, as do John Swift and Omar Richardson.

Burton Albion vs Reading Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Burton Albion host another game at their Pirelli Stadium ground

Despite being rooted to the bottom of the Championship table, Burton Albion are in better league form than Reading with three wins in their last seven matches. The Royals are suffering through their worse spell in almost three years having gone eight games without a win.

Burton are 2/1 to win, having already done so in the reverse fixture this season. If they manage the victory, the three points could see them leap four league places, to within two points of their opponents.

Reading are favourites to win at 8/5, and on paper are without a doubt the stronger side. Few would have expected the Royals to be doing so poorly, having reached the play-off final last season and invested over the summer. Record signing Sony Aluko has been particularly disappointing having scored just twice in 20 appearances.

A draw is 19/10 and wouldn’t be enough for either side. Stam is in desperate need of a win to turn his season round and will hope that the weakest defence in the league will provide an opportunity to do so.

Lloyd Dyer is 7/2 to score on Tuesday, although he’ll have to see off competition from new signing Darren Bent. With five goals to his name this season, Dyer is his side’s top scorer, although Clough’s reinforcement shows that he believes he needs more firepower.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson is 13/5 to score anytime, having notched a hat-trick against Stevenage in the FA Cup. The Icelandic forward offers a different proposition to top scorer Modou Barrow, and may take the Gambian’s place on Tuesday.

Predicted Score: Burton Albion 1 - 2 Reading

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Written by Greg Murray

Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.