Binary scorelines got Reading six points from their last two games and with Sheffield United in town on Saturday, a repeat scoreline would be welcomed. Yes, 1-0s are difficult to watch as fans are never certain of the three points, but the relief the final whistle brings is brilliant.
Based on form alone this match looks like an easy three pointer for the Royals, but as we know things are never so straightforward – especially giving Wednesday’s league position. They are one place off the bottom and teams in their situation get desperate. They try to shut shop and aim for clean sheets, so we don’t expect a goal flurry for Reading.
Yes, Sheffield have lost their last four games, but they will be fighting for their lives from now on. Two of those four defeats were indeed by a 1-0 scoreline, and their last outing was a 3-2 defeat to Luton Town.
Reading’s recent trend of 1-0 wins leads us to believe that one goal will separate the sides by full time. You can either get Reading to win 1-0 at 19/4 or 5.75 or perhaps go for both teams to score at 23/20 or 2.15. Reading 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday is also yours at 8/1 or 9.00.
The main task for Reading is to set more daylight between their current position and seventh place, as the push for the playoff positions continues. Three more points are the order of the day, so the hard work and graft continues with another important game.