Reading v Swansea: Laudrup’s men poised for three points
Swansea City may have only taken one point from a possible 12 but even their poor run of form is no match for the free-falling Reading.
The Royals – who won the Championship last year – are lacking any sort of form and are currently rooted to the foot of the table after losing their previous seven Premier League games, including the heart-breaking defeat at Manchester City.
They are currently 1/10 to be relegated straight back to the second tier and, based on their apparent inability to get anything like a run together, that’s looking more and more likely.
In fact, if you’re looking for a decent punt on Reading, then you could probably do a lot worse than backing Brian McDermott to be the next Premier League manager to leave at 5/4.
They will have a tough job getting things back on track (not that they were ever really on track to begin with) against a Swansea side who have continued their quest to become an established Premier League side with aplomb this season.
They’ve been solid in games against teams who are currently below them in the table, losing just one of the nine games they’ve had against bottom-half sides.
The Swans also have an excellent recent record against Reading.
It’s now seven games since Reading last beat Swansea, with the Welsh side winning three of their last four, although their last meeting at the Liberty earlier in the season ended in a 2-2 draw.
Backing the Swans to come through and win looks the match bet at 11/8, while a couple of quid should also be staked on the game finishing with over 2.5 goals scored at 4/6.
As befits their league position, Reading have the worst defence in the division and at least four goals have been scored in the previous two meetings between the teams.