Friday night at the Madejski, or our living room sofas, is where it’s at. We’re sad to swap those blue seats, enjoyed by Bernie Sanders himself of course, for our own homes, but we’re equally glad the game is selected for live tv broadcast!
— Casumo Sports (@CasumoSports) January 22, 2021
Bournemouth are a huge test for the Royals as both clubs have identical ambitions this season. Given their current league positions, this feels like a six pointer which Reading are keen to win.
Get Reading to win at 9/4 or 3.25
Reading are two points above their counterparts in the Championship as they both gear up for the 26th league game of the season. The Royals are, importantly, only two points away from second spot, currently occupied by Watford as Norwich enjoy superiority at the summit.
The top guns
This clash sees two hungry strikers enjoying prolific seasons in front of goal. Lucas Joao has been brilliant for the Royals with 14 goals so far, while Dominic Solanke has found the net 10 times for Bournemouth.
Lucas Joao in the Championship this season:
👊 Best goal conversion rate at 34%
💪 Most goals per 90 mins with 0.79
He’s bagged 14 goals in 19 games 🔥🔥🔥
Reading’s home form has been interesting as they’ve played out zero draws. Its gung-ho mentality with eight wins and four defeats so far, delighting the fans with a good dose of honest, attacking football. A draw in this game is priced at 47/20 or 3.35 .
Away from home, Bournemouth have been stubborn. Just three defeats in 13 games means they travel well and won’t be easy to break down.
Royals aim to go the distance
The first round game on the south coast gave us a flurry of goals. It was Reading who cruised to a 2-0 lead, but a second half collapse saw Bournemouth score four and take the three points. Over 3.5 goals this Friday is priced at 13/5 or 3.6.
Earlier this week Josh Laurent reflected on the away defeat and is determined to go the distance this time round: “We went toe-to-toe with Bournemouth at their place and we felt we should have done more to see it over the line; hopefully this time we can see it out and see them off for three points.”