Reading vs Notts Forest – promotion rivals vying for first wins

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The Madejski Stadium hosts a clash of two genuine Championship promotion contenders on Saturday, with Reading taking on Nottingham Forest.

Tipped at 9/2 to win promotion this season, home advantage means that Reading are marginal 5/4 favourites to claim three points.

Only once in the last seven league meetings between the sides has there been more than one goal.

Both sides have two 1-0 wins apiece in this sequence, and another 1-0 victory for Reading this time around is priced at 7/1.

Among the pre-season favourites to win the Championship title at 8/1, much has been expected of Forest for this campaign.

Billy Davies’ side have yet to win this term, however, and their price of 9/4 to win on Saturday suggests that their wait for three points could be prolonged.

Cardiff vs Doncaster
Cardiff won the corresponding fixture against Doncaster 2-1 last season, and the Bluebirds are a convincing 4/5 to mark Craig Bellamy’s homecoming with victory against the Yorkshire side.

Bellamy, who has joined on loan from Manchester City, is the red hot 11/4 favourite to score the first goal, while Doncaster are 7/2 to spoil the striker’s party by claiming a shock win.

Leeds vs Millwall
Elland Road is unlikely to provide football purists with much joy on Saturday, but the clash between Leeds and Millwall certainly promises to be hard-fought.

Both sides won promotion from League One last season, and Leeds begin the match as 5/4 favourites to secure their first win of this campaign.

Millwall, however, are currently top of the table and they are a very tempting 9/4 to make it three wins from their first three Championship fixtures.

Millwall won 2-0 on their last visit to Leeds, and they are priced at 11/1 to do the same on Saturday. See the full Leeds vs Millwall Match Betting Odds market.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.