Market: Swansea win
Odds: 11/10 @ 888sport
Looking to extend on their promotion charge in midweek, Swansea will welcome an inconsistent Reading to an empty Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night.
Starting with the hosts, despite getting hit with that shock 2-0 loss against Derby earlier in the month, Swansea have managed to bounce back in impressive fashion. Still seen as one of the leading contenders to book a Premier League return this season, the Whites once again impressed on Boxing Day as they secured a routine 2-0 victory away at QPR. Now landing back-to-back Championship victories and receiving a string of praise from Head Coach Steve Cooper, Swansea should also be boosted by their extended unbeaten record on home soil. Last seen at the Liberty when picking up a very impressive 2-0 win against surprise package Barnsley, the Swans are unbeaten in each of their last seven straight contests on home soil, a run that has seen them snatch points off of the likes of Bournemouth, Blackburn and Stoke. Smelling a real chance in midweek, Swansea should be confident of laying down another marker in South Wales.
As for the visitors, while Reading might have managed to hang onto a 2-1 win against Luton on Boxing Day, the Royals have struggled to find top form during their December run. Struggling to match a similar level that saw them burst onto the scene when opening the 2020/2021 campaign, Veljko Paunović’s men now find themselves in a battle to hang onto the spot in the play-offs. Last seen away from the Madejski getting hit with a 3-1 defeat against Brentford, Reading will know that they must find some stability on the road. The midweek guests have managed to win just one of their last six Championship contests on the road, dropping points against the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Coventry. Facing a tough trip to the Liberty in midweek, Reading should also be concerned by their most recent meeting against the title outsiders. Hit with a 4-1 drumming when they last faced off against Swansea back in July, we’re backing a similar home victory on Wednesday.
Bet: Swansea 11/10 to beat Reading in Wednesday’s Championship matchup @ 888sport
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