It will take a brave punter to tip anything other than a mauling for Reading on their trip to the Etihad to face Manchester City, but at 1/8, Roberto Mancini’s men are not the most backable of prices.
However, thanks to the Threesy promotion, punters may be keener to invest in other markets aside from match betting, with one being Sergio Aguero scoring the opening goal of the game.
As the first arm of the promotion, which runs on all Premier League games, treble the odds are available on a first goalscorer if they break the deadlock and go on to complete a hat-trick.
Aguero already has a Premier League hat-trick to his name from a previous 3-0 home win over Wigan and is 11/4 to strike first against Reading, who have conceded the most goals in the top-flight this season.
Therefore, if he scores his treble, punters will be paid out at virtually 17/2 for the first goal.
Arm two of the promotion is that if three different players from the same team are on target, then losing first scorer bets from the same team will be refunded as a free bet.
This happened in Manchester City’s victories of late over Aston Villa and most recently Newcastle and Reading have conceded at least three in four of their last six Premier League outings.
Taking a punt on an outsider in the first scorer betting may prove lucrative as a result given the strong chance of a refund and defender Matija Nastasic is 40/1.
The final arm of the promotion is that losing correct scoreline bets are refunded as a free bet if the chosen team ends up winning 3-0.
Manchester City are 15/2 to win 4-0, 12-1 to triumph 5-0 and 20/1 to hand Reading a 6-0 beating.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date