The Madejski Stadium plays host to Reading vs Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday in the day’s early kick-off, in what is a must-win game for the home side if they are to have any chance of avoiding the drop.
Southampton start as 6/5 favourites to win the match, Reading can be backed at 11/5, whilst the draw is available at 5/2. All odds quoted are from bet365.
After a decent spell at the start of the year, Reading have now lost their last six Premier League matches; a run that has seen The Royals plummet to the foot of the table. Nigel Adkins will have to work miracles if he is to keep his side in the Premier League, and that must start with a win against the club who sacked him back in January. The manager will surely view this as a winnable game, and despite a poor run of form, Reading have every chance on home soil. West Ham, West Brom and Sunderland have all come calling to Berkshire in the last few months and have left with nothing, and Adkins will have the players believe that Southampton can suffer a similar fate.
Southampton are not yet out of the woods when it comes to the relegation fight, but a win at Reading would certainly go along way towards securing top-flight football at St Mary’s next season. The Saints have taken seven points from their last three matches, however they sit only four points clear of third from bottom Wigan and Aston Villa. If they are to take all three points back to the south coast, they must break a run of away games that has seen them fail to win on the road since mid-January.
Southampton won this season’s reverse fixture in December by a goal to nil, and with Reading’s recent form, it would be no surprise to see punters backing Saints to grab an away win. However, I cannot have Southampton at as short a price as 6/5 when away from home, especially when this is such a must-win game for Reading. The added spice of Adkins taking on the club who sacked him just a short time ago makes the home win look very attractive at 11/5, as you would expect the manager to have his side well and truly fired up for this one. Keep it simple and back Reading to win.
Reading vs Southampton Betting Tip
Reading to win – 11/5 with bet365