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Both teams to score the clear stand-out bet as Reading host Norwich

| 09.11.2012

Many would have identified this as a relegation six-pointer before a ball had been kicked this season and little would have changed opinion in the opening quarter of the season.

This makes picking a winner slightly tricky, as both Reading and Norwich will see this as a winnable opportunity, but will be slightly cautious not to lose it.

Therefore, the 4/6 that both teams find the target may be the best bet at the Madejski.

Norwich have failed to shut out the opposition in away games since returning to the Premier League at the start of last season, while Reading are without a top-flight clean sheet in nine attempts in the current campaign.

This is an obvious reason why they are still awaiting their first victory, but Norwich at home must represent their best chance of achieving this feat.

As much as Norwich have improved since the last international break, their better form has been at Carrow Road.

Reading have knocking on the door at home, throwing away a two-goal lead against Newcastle and then coming within a whisker of snatching three points against Fulham.

Meanwhile, the less said about their Capital One Cup capitulation against Arsenal the better.

Reading are 6/5 to edge this one, but there may be some mileage in the 3/1 that they triumph by exactly one goal.

Given the recent form of both sides, punters should not be put off the draw at 12/5 and is arguably a result that would favour the visitors in stretching their unbeaten run to four games.

If Norwich are to get a result, they could do with Grant Holt continuing a solid record against Reading, scoring in both games when they were last in the same division in the Championship.

Holt also has three goals in Norwich’s last five Premier League fixtures and is 7/4 to strike at any time in the 90 minutes here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



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.