Reading v Fulham Betting: Cairney can lead from the front for the visitors

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This Championship play-off clash is evenly poised going into Tuesday's second leg and our tipster is chancing an 11/4 (3.75) anytime goalscorer

A 1-1 draw between Fulham and Reading at Craven Cottage means the Royals are still very much in with a chance of becoming a Premier League team next season.

That first leg result, where the visitors actually took the lead, was a far cry from what the odds suggested, with the home side going off short priced favourites to win the match.

Slavisa Jokanovic's side are 13/10 (2.30) to win the second leg, while the hosts are 2/1 (3.0) to triumph and it's 9/4 (3.25) that the two can't be split in 90 minutes once more. With away goals not counting double in the play-offs, another draw would see extra time between these two teams.

The first meeting between these sides ended in a 1-0 win for Reading and that's a 12/1 (13.0) shot in this game.

Fulham v Reading Championship play-offs

A key absentee for Jaap Stam's side will be captain Paul McShane, who was sent off for a horror tackle in the closing stages at Craven Cottage. That's far from ideal given that the visitors have been in fantastic form going forward over the past few weeks and who operate a style of play that is often pretty relentless.

Goals are certainly expected in this one, the over 2.5 line is priced at 8/11 (1.73) with Paddy Power while both teams to score is available at 4/7 (1.57).

Reading's main issue in the regular season was their defence. Despite finishing in third place, they conceded 64 goals in 46 matches and while the majority of their struggles came on the road, Fulham could have some joy going forward at the Madjeski Stadium.


Boasting the joint-best attack in the division with 85 goals, the best bet could be to back the man who is most consistent at finding the net for the Cottagers.

Tom Cairney is 11/4 (3.75) to find the net in this game. That's a joint industry best price at the time of writing and looks a very solid value selection for a player who has been in fine form of late.

The 26-year-old netted the equaliser in the first leg, taking him to 13 for the season and more importantly, four in his previous six appearances. Cairney takes penalties as well as posing a threat from open play so 11/4 (3.75) looks a solid option for punters to get involved in this game.

Tom Cairney to score anytime at 11/4 (3.75) for a 1pt stake with Paddy Power

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