Reading vs Notts Forest – promotion rivals vying for first wins

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.


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 team.