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Swansea v Reading: Goals on the menu in Wales

| 05.10.2012

After successive clean sheets in their opening two games, Swansea have conceded ten goals in their last four and this makes 4/5 a tempting price that both teams score when Reading head to Wales.

The pair have not met since Swansea reached the Premier League at the expense of Reading in the Championship play-off final in 2011.

Swansea are 1/1 to win again and the return of Chico to their central defence should help steady their ship as he has been banned of late.

As many goals as they have conceded, Swansea have also gone three games without a goal and the time may have come for Michael Laudrup to tinker with his attacking line-up.

This could bring goals, especially if Danny Graham does feel like he is on the brink of being dropped for just the solitary league goal so far this season.

Graham may be worth backing at 11/8 to strike at any time in the 90 minutes, especially with Reading still without a clean sheet in the campaign.

For Reading, even though they are not shutting out the opposition, both teams have scored in four of their five fixtures so far.

Meanwhile, only three of the Premier League fixtures so far featuring either of the pair have failed to cover the 2.5 goal line.

It is a generous-looking 1/1 that a minimum of three goals are scored at the Liberty Stadium.

Reading may still be searching for a first win and their performances have not been as bad as their results suggest.

A win should not be too long forthcoming and it is 11/4 that they beat Swansea, which would mean the Swans equal their worst ever Premier League losing streak of four games.

The draw can be backed at 23/10, but Swansea have never previously gone five fixtures in the Premier League without securing maximum points.

All odds and markets correct as of publication

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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.