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The Royals travel to the East Midlands looking to leap frog their playoff rivals on Friday evening and tipster Hugh Wilson is tipping a low scoring affair

After 16 games in the Championship, only 10 points separate the top eight sides, with the top three all level on 35 points. Promotion chasers Nottingham Forest, who sit in fifth, welcome Reading who sit outside the playoffs in eighth position on Friday night.

Forest have been frustrated in recent weeks, winning only once in their last five matches. Billy Davies knows there is heavy expectation from the Reds faithful as he tries to lead his side to the top flight. bet365 price them at even money (2.00) for the clash.

Reading were relegated from the Premier League last season and despite sitting outside the top six, will be content with their start as they stay in the mix.

Nigel Atkins' side have only been beaten twice in their last 12 matches, drawing three of their last four.

bet365 price them at 11/4 (3.75) to win and jump above Forest. The same firm price the draw at 12/5 (3.40).

With both sides currently going through inconsistent patches of form, it's worth looking into the goal markets to try and find a bet that stands out. Both sides to score in this match is 4/5 (1.80) with bet365, with the 'NO' option 10/11 (1.91). Neither of these selections stand out, with both teams not setting the league alight in the goals scored or conceded sections.

A bet that does seem to offer value is under 2.5 goals at 17/20 (1.85) with bet365. This bet would have landed in Nottingham Forest's last four home matches, as well as three of Reading's last four games in all competitions.

Both sides will be keen not to lose this fixture, allowing their opponents to take another step forward in the push for promotion, so expect a tight game at the City Ground.

Under 2.5 goals for a 1.5pt stake at 17/20 (1.85) with bet365

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