Reading

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Madejski Stadium

03/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

Millwall

V

Madejski Stadium

03/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Jaap Stam’s struggling Reading side host mid-table Millwall this weekend at the Madjeski in the Sky Bet Championship.

Last time: Two late goals in the last 10 minutes from George Saville gave Millwall a 2-1 win after going behind at the Den.

This time: Reading are 17/10, the draw is at 9/4 and an away win is priced at 2/1.

You might remember: the last time Millwall won at Reading back in 2001, when a seven-goal thriller was won 3-4 thanks to a hat-trick from the current Millwall manager, Neil Harris.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Reading come into the game against Millwall on the back of a poor run

Reading host mid-table Millwall this weekend in the Championship, as the Royals look to build on their 3-1 away victory over Burton Albion in midweek. At 17/10 they are made slight favourites for the game, but Reading will need to step up from the Burton performance if they are to gain another victory.

Millwall are 2/1 for the win and have been in impressive form of late with just one loss in their last eight matches in all competitions. Draws against the leaders Wolves and play-off hopefuls Derby County in recent weeks show what a difficult opposition they can be. Their history at the Madjeski is not a good one, however, as they have not been victorious there since 2001, a run stretching over nine games.

Draws have been a reoccurring trend for the visitors this campaign and only Sheffield Wednesday and Preston have more ties then them. Three of Millwall’s past six have ended all square and they are undefeated in their last three league games. The draw at 9/4 looks a good bet given how equal the two sides are, but the Lions are capable of beating anyone in this division on their day.

Reading have struggled for goals of late, with just five in their eight most recent fixtures in the Championship. After last season’s play-off final defeat, Stam’s men have failed to reach the same heights and they are now starting to become involved down at the bottom of the league. Millwall have been free-scoring recently with 15 in their last eight, including their crazy 4-3 victory at Elland Road against Leeds in their last league outing.

Reading on the other hand are not usually involved in high scoring games, and under 2.5 goals has occurred in all but two of their last eight fixtures. Another one of those is priced at 18/25, which might be a way to go but might not be hugely appealing value.

Millwall welcomed back Tim Cahill this week and spirits seem high in their camp. A very tough opposition at times and away from home, could be difficult to beat. At odds of 2/1, they look a tempting proposition. Reading have been beaten to nil in four of their last eight and a narrow away win to nil at 37/10 is a slightly larger bet that looks to have some value.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

Millwall to win to nil at 37/10, which looks promising considering Reading have lost to nil in four of their last eight. The Royals have only scored in three of their previous eight Championship games.

2

We fancy:

Millwall to win at 2/1, which is a good price for a team playing well against a struggling side low on confidence and with a manager who’s under pressure.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Millwall to win 2-0 at 14/1. Reading have lost by that scoreline in three of their last five defeats, so this is a decent price for this result.

Written by Marcello Cossali-Francis

Marcello Cossali-Francis considers sport, particularly football and rugby, to be an essential part of life. A half-Italian half-Welsh Liverpool and Juventus fan, Marcello enjoys every high and every low that sport brings.