Reading-Queens Park Rangers Betting Preview: Royals are value to edge basement battle

Nigel Adkins is still looking for his first win since taking over as Royals boss but Willie Duncan thinks that the former Southampton manager will see his side claim victory here
Defeat for Reading and Queens Park Rangers last weekend means that relegation from the Premier League for both these sides is surely inevitable, but there will be plenty of pride at stake when the Royals host Harry Redknapp's side at Madejski Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Royals have lost eight of their last nine Premier League matches but are chalked up as BetVictor’s narrow 13/8 (2.63) favourites to claim victory over QPR this weekend.

Harry Redknapp’s men gave themselves a slim chance of beating the drop when they claimed back-to-back victories over Southampton and Sunderland last month but the west Londoners have picked up just one point from their last five matches to leave themselves on the precipice of relegation to the Championship.

Rangers are chalked up at 17/10 (2.70) with BetVictor to claim what would be only their fifth league win of a dismal campaign while the same firm go 5/2 (3.50) that Sunday's match ends in stalemate.

QPR have scored fewer goals than any other side in the Premier League but, curiously, have scored more goals on the road than at home this term while the Royals have conceded more goals than any other top flight club thus far this season.

Given the perilous position that the two sides find themselves in, it would come as little surprise to see both teams throw caution to the wind this weekend and, therefore, an open contest is a likely by-product.

With that in mind, BetVictor’s 7/10 (1.70) quote for both teams to score certainly carries plenty of appeal here while the juicy 19/20 (1.95) on offer from the same firm for three or more goals to be scored appears to represent excellent value and is worthy of support.

It is worth noting that Reading have claimed no fewer than 19 of their 24 points on home turf this season and the Royals are the value pick at 13/8 (2.63) with BetVictor to claim victory this weekend.

Those seeking bigger prices may be tempted by BetVictor's correct score market and the generous 21/2 (11.50) quote from the odds compilers for Nigel Adkins' men to enjoy a narrow 2-1 win over Harry Redknapp's side is the value selection here.

Over 2.5 goals at 19/20 (1.95) with BetVictor
Reading to win 2-1 at 21/2 (10.50) with BetVictor

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter