Premier League Betting: Reading v Tottenham - Fan v Fan Preview



Reading perspective: Dan Wimbush, The Tilehurst End.

Team news

Reading head into this game with the same squad that faced Chelsea, with Jason Roberts and Jimmy Kebe still missing due to injury. We've played just once since then, fielding an unchanged XI the League Cup game against Peterborough and I'd imagine Brian McDermott will stick with the same starting XI this time out. One change could be a return for striker Adam Le Fondre if McDermott opts to go 4-4-2 rather than the 4-2-3-1 we saw at Stamford Bridge.

Form

We haven't got too much to go on here, but a point on the opening day could well have been followed up with a point or three at Chelsea had it not been for an unfortunate goalkeeping error and a shocking offside decision. We did pick up a first win of the season by beating Peterborough but Sunday almost feels like our first proper game of the season.

Head-to-head

We've not played Spurs too often but our 3-1 win at the Madejski during our first ever Premier League season was a real highlight during a great campaign. Sadly the following year saw us slump to a 1-0 defeat in our final home game of the season, so it's not one we remember fondly.

Best bets

Reading 2-1 at 14.00. I think we're playing Spurs at the best possible time and with the players well rested after a long break, I think we'll get those first 3 points of the season.

Both teams to score at 1.72. Reading haven't been held at the Madejski since the 21st of January, so we're always likely to score. I can see Spurs doing the same, sadly.

Tottenham/Draw HT/FT at 5.50. If we concede an early goal, this could be a good bet; I can see us battling back in front of a partisan crowd.

Score prediction

Reading 2-1 Tottenham.

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Tottenham perspective: Matthew Harris, Tottenham Blog.

Team news

It seems we have a clean bill of health after international week so the only absentees are long term injury victims Scott Parker and Younes Kaboul.

Andre Villas-Boas has to choose between Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris in goal but it would be no surprise to see the American Friedel between the posts. The real selection headaches for AVB start in midfield where seven players are battling for five slots, while the coach also has to choose between Defoe and Adebayor up front.

Form

Spurs have two points from three games as the side struggles to gel under the coach, while new arrivals Dempsey and Dembele may not help the squad settle just yet. The real weakness seems to lie in defence, however, where Friedel has been far busier than in previous seasons. Late equalisers from West Brom and Fulham suggest that we can’t hold on to a lead.

Head-to-head

You have to go back to the 2007-08 season for the last time these clubs met in the league. Everyone remembers Tottenham’s 6-4 home win but overall, in four Premiership clashes, Spurs have won three and Reading one.

Best bets

Both teams to score at 1.72. Whatever happens, I feel that an exciting Spurs’ attack combined with a suspect defence makes this an obvious bet.

Emmanuel Adebayor to score anytime at 2.80. The Togolese has started on the bench up until now, but having reached match fitness, he will be anxious to prove a point in this match.

Over 3.5 goals scored at 3.30. It all points to an open and attacking game and these look to be top value odds for this outcome.

Score prediction

Reading 1-3 Tottenham (17.00)

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