Both teams to score is the safe play as West Brom travel to Reading

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Put simply, home fixtures with the likes of West Brom are the types of games that Reading have to be winning if they harbour any hopes of survival in the Premier League this season.

A price of 15/8 does seem fairly reasonable on the home win, especially as West Brom have lost five of their last eight in the top-flight.

But punters fancying Reading may be wiser to make the safer bet with the hosts on offer at 11/10 for victory in the draw no bet market.

Reading have not been beaten at home by any club outside of the current top six in the standings, but have drawn five of these six fixtures.

West Brom are slight favourites for victory at 7/5 and the appeal in them is that they have already triumphed at Wigan and QPR this season, who alongside Reading are the other two clubs currently occupying places in the relegation zone.

Furthermore, Reading are on a miserable run of eight defeats in 10 games.

More than most, this game really is one where all three results look almost equally possible and the draw can be backed at 23/10.

Because of the difficulty in predicting the final result, considering the 8/13 that both teams find the target may prove the most productive bet, even if it is not the most appetising price.

West Brom have not kept a clean sheet in 11 away games and in only one of their last 27 on the road, while Reading have allowed the most shots against them in the Premier League this season.

This is also good news for Romelu Lukaku, who will be itching to get back on the pitch after being allowed to remain on loan at the Baggies for the rest of the season from Chelsea this week.

In seven starts for West Brom, Lukaku has delivered five goals and he is 7/4 to strike again at any time in the 90 minutes.

All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.