Reading

V

Madejski Stadium

06/03/2018 | 8:00 pm

Bolton Wanderers

V

Madejski Stadium

06/03/2018 | 8:00 pm

In a sentence: Reading and Bolton face off this Tuesday, with the two sides locked on equal points in the league.

Last time: Reading clawed back from two nil down to draw in the reverse fixture. Bolton seemed to have the game in the bag after two first half goals from Reece Burke and Darren Pratley. However, Liam Moore struck back with less than 15 minutes to go, before Leandro Bacuna tucked away an 86th minute penalty.

This time: Reading are 5/6 to win, Bolton are 7/2 and a draw is 6/4.

You might remember: A 7-1 thrashing by Reading back in January 2014. Adam Le Fondre kicked the goals off, scoring a hattrick within the first 35 minutes, before Pavel Pogrebnyak hit a penalty to finish the game off before half time. With the game already in the bag, Kaspars Gorkss, Hope Akpan and Nick Blackman popped up with their own goals, with David N’Gog getting a consolation in the 88th minute.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Reading’s last home Championship win came almost a month before Christmas

Both Reading and Bolton will be desperate for a win in Tuesday’s relegation six pointer. The sides are on equal form, and equal standing in the league meaning that this game is set up about as evenly as possible.

Reading are 5/6 to win, and their status as favourites must be due to their playing at home. The Royals’ squad has been decimated due to injury, and they are without a win in five games. They do, however, have a game in hand over their rivals, so know that they have a three point buffer if they do indeed drop down the table.

Bolton are 7/2 to win and can draw hope from their oppositions miserable home form, having not won at the Madjeski since November. Hardly in the best of form themselves, a win could turn the season round for the Wanderers.

A draw is 6/4 and would keep both sides clear of the drop zone for at least another week. However, both managers will see this game as winnable, and with harder opposition on the horizon, they will want to make the most of this opportunity.

Mo Barrow is 28/11 to score anytime, and is leading the scoring from the left wing for the Royals. Having missed Reading’s last game through a minor ankle injury, he will be fit and raring to go on Tuesday.

Sammi Ameobi is 14/5 to score against Reading, having taken the centre-forward position over from Gary Medine. With four goals to his name, he is leading the way for a low scoring Bolton side.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson. Reading’s centre-forward has made a habit out of scoring against lower-table sides and has goals against four of the Championship’s bottom five. The Icelandic striker has scored just one fewer goals than the whole Bolton team in 2018 and he is 12/5 to score anytime.

2

We fancy:

A stalemate and both teams to score at 4/1. The sides are evenly matched and given Reading’s weakened defence, the match should see goals.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

John Swift to score first at 14/1. The English attacking midfielder has spent a long spell on the sidelines but should return against Bolton, eager to impress.

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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.