Reading v Fulham Betting Tips and Odds – 16/05/17

Reading v Fulham Betting Tips and Odds – 16/05/17

Reading v Fulham

Reading v Fulham Betting Tips and Odds

In our Reading v Fulham betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Overview

Jaap Stam’s Reading welcome Fulham to the Madejski Stadium for a huge play-off semi-final second leg. These two sides played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at Craven Cottage on Saturday to set this clash up nicely. Stam would’ve been delighted with the performance of his side, they went into it as big outsiders and despite going down to ten men they managed to pick up a great result. Fulham were left to rue missed opportunities but they’re still more than capable of getting the victory they need. Slavisa Jokanovic’s men are one of the most potent sides away from home in the Championship and they’ll be confident they can still make it to Wembley.

Reading v Fulham

These two sides played out a gripping 1-1 draw in the first leg on Saturday

Only Brighton have won more home Championship games than Reading this season

It’s been a fantastic first season for Jaap Stam at Reading and they could end it in serious style. It’s the Dutchman’s first year in English management and the job he’s done with The Royals is remarkable. He’s transformed them from a side that finished in 17th to one that has an excellent chance of winning promotion to the Premier League. Reading are one of the most well drilled and organised sides in the second tier and they’re particularly good at home. The Royals picked up 53 of their 85 points in the regular season at the Madejski and they haven’t lost in front of their own supporters since January, so the stats make extremely good reading for them.

They’re a side that’s been underestimated by just about everyone this season and that trend continued into the play-offs, but they still managed to pick up a great first leg result. They had to withstand a fair bit of pressure, but they managed to clinically take the lead just after the interval through Jordan Obita’s arrowed finish. They were pegged back just ten minutes later and were forced to play the closing stages with ten men after skipper Paul McShane saw red for a nasty challenge. They would’ve taken that result before kick-off and we can see them frustrating Fulham here in what should be a game full of entertainment.

Reading v Fulham

Jaap Stam will be confident that his side can do the business at the Madejski

Two defeats in eighteen for Fulham

Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham are another one of the seasons success stories in the Championship, going onto surprise pretty much everyone. The Cottagers were involved in a relegation scrap last term and they were expected to struggle again this time round, but they’ve deservedly grabbed a spot in the play-offs. Jokanovic has developed them into one of the divisions most free-flowing, entertaining and prolific sides. They’re the divisions joint top scorers with 85 goals in the regular season and they’re capable of blowing away any side – as Reading know too well. They were thrashed 5-0 by them back in December and will be weary of the threat they pose.

The Cottagers would’ve rued the chances that they missed in the first leg but it won’t drag them down too much. Their performances on the road are what’s fired them into the top six and they’re very well suited to playing away. Their game revolves around technical ability and pace on the counter attack, with the likes of Tom Cairney, Sone Aluko and Floyd Ayite all key players for them. Reading play a possession based game so Fulham spend the majority of the match without the ball, which will suit them. We can see their ability on the break deciding the outcome of this tie and we’re backing them to edge through in what should be a close encounter.

Reading v Fulham

Tom Cairney has scored nine times away from home this season – only three players in the Championship have netted more

Odds

As expected, the betting is really close for this second leg. Despite being held in the first leg and playing away from home, Fulham are narrow favourites at 6/4 with bet365 which looks like good value. Especially when you take their away form into consideration. The hosts come into this clash at 21/10 with SkyBet which is very well priced and it’s an extremely close one to call. If you think the sides won’t be separated at the final whistle then draw is priced at 5/2 with BetVictor. Qualifying markets put Fulham at 8/11 and Reading at 1/1.

Recommended Bets:

Fulham to win: (Best Priced at 6/4 at bet365) BET HERE

BTTS: (Best Priced at 6/4 at bet365) BET HERE

Tom Cairney to score anytime: (Best priced at 5/2 at BetVictor) BET HERE

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