After a defeat in my last EFL Asian Handicap Betting Preview, I aim to bounce back. Which leads me to this mid-table clash as Reading host Ipswich at the Madjewski Stadium on Friday night, as I see good value.
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Reading head into this fixture sitting 15th in the table under new manager Jaap Stam. However, they have only won two of their last five matches in all competitions. The Royals’ last game finished in a 1-0 victory away to Cardiff City; Yann Kermorgant scoring in the 89th minute to secure all three points.
The Royals will be looking to improve from last season, after they finished 17th in the league and collected only one point from their last seven games of the campaign. Now, under a new manager, they are sitting four points off second place and most recently advanced to the next round of the EFL Cup with a win on penalties against MK Dons.
There looks to be no injuries or suspensions for Reading. Chris Gunter and Stephen Quinn were both on international duty in the week, so they might play on Friday night. Furthermore, transfers have been helpful with Tyler Blackett and Liam Moore joining, as well as free transfer John Swift from Chelsea who is their current top goalscorer with two goals.
At home, Stam is hoping to continue their good run as they remain unbeaten this season scoring seven goals and conceding four.
Ipswich, meanwhile, aim to bounce back from the departure of striker Daryl Murphy to Newcastle United, but so far this season they currently sit 11th in the table after five matches. Mick McCarthy’s last game ended in a 1-0 win at home to Preston North End; Grant Ward scoring the only goal 15 minutes into the match.
Murphy was a key part of the Tractor Boys side; scoring 67 goals in 217 appearances for Ipswich. Yet now, McCarthy will be hoping the squad can pull together and contribute with the goals this season.
Away from home, it’s been difficult for Ipswich, not winning on the road yet this season. Carrying on from last season, McCarthy’s side have only won two of their last ten.
There looks to be no injuries or suspensions for the Tractor Boys heading into this away tie. Furthermore, this will be the first of two back-to-back away matches in the league, so McCarthy will be hoping for results.
The last time these two sides met in Berkshire, Reading hammered Ipswich 5-1. On top of this, the Royals have won their last five meetings at home against Ipswich. Ipswich not tasting victory since 2009.
Difficult one here. Obviously Ipswich will be missing Murphy, and the losing streak at the Madjewski will not do them any favours. However, Reading have been lacking goals, but still hold a good record at home in the league. I might have to go for an unders bet for my Asian Handicap betting pick.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Under 2.25 goals @ 1.92 with 188Bet
Prices correct at time of writing.