Sunday, February 5, 2023

QPR 13/10 to beat Reading in Saturday’s Championship showdown

Competition: Championship

Market: QPR win

Odds: 13/10 @ 888sport

Smelling the chance to extend on what has been a real early-season flurry, QPR will make the trip to Berkshire when they face off against a struggling Reading on Saturday afternoon.

Starting with the hosts, while Reading might have managed to land that much-needed 2-1 win against Preston last month, it appears that was just a minor boost for the Royals. In the midst of what has become a nightmare run of form, the pressure is firmly on Veljko Paunović’s shoulders when his side returns from the international break this weekend. Last seen signing off August with what was a woeful display on the road, Reading were hit with a dreadful 4-0 drumming at the hands of Huddersfield Town. Now losing each of their last three Championship contests on the spin, it should also be noted that Saturday’s hosts have gained a reputation for their rather glaring problems at the back. Including a 2-1 loss against Coventry on August 21st, the Berkshire side have conceded nine goals on their three-match losing run and will face another stern test on home soil here.

As for the visitors, while Reading might find themselves in the midst of a nightmare run of form, the same cannot be said for a QPR side who have gained plenty of plaudits. With their sights set on trying to mount a genuine promotion charge this season, the Hoops were last seen heading into the international break with a deserved 2-0 win against Coventry on home soil. Along with managing to extend on their League Cup run with another 2-0 win against League One side Oxford United, Head Coach Mark Warburton is yet to see his side taste defeat across any format since opening the 2021/22 campaign. With their purple patch highlighted by 3-0 and 3-2 wins against Hull and Middlesbrough last month, there is no doubt that a high-flying QPR should be smelling a golden chance on the road this weekend.

Bet: QPR 13/10 to beat Reading in Saturday’s Championship showdown @ 888sport


Tom Dunstan

Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan



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