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Betting Tips for Today: Blackburn should have too much for Reading

12:31 BST 22/08/2018
Charlie Mulgrew Blackburn Rovers
Tony Mowbray's side have picked up five points in the Championship so far and look a solid bet to add three more to their tally against the Royals

It's still early days in the Championship but Reading's start to the campaign has to be a concern for manager Paul Clement.

The former Derby County boss has seen his side lose all three of their matches in the division so far, scoring just once in that spell and that goal came against his former side in the opening match of the season.

bet365 make the visitors a 9/2 (5.50) shot to claim victory against Blackburn on Wednesday night while it's 27/10 (3.70) that the Royals get off the mark with a point.

That could prove a tough task though. The home side are unbeaten thus far having drawn their opening two games and claimed a deserved 1-0 win against Hull City last time out.

At 4/5 (1.80) Tony Mowbray's side look a good selection for this game based on how they've been performing in the early stages. While they don't rank that highly for shots per game at this stage, it's the quality of chances that is an eye-catching metric.

Using Expected Goals (xG) we can see that Blackburn's shots would normally have yielded 6.33 goals overall but they've only registered three times in total. Here’s more about the metric for those who want to learn more.

If Mowbray’s side can continue to create the opportunities that the first three rounds have seen, it would be reasonable to expect Rovers to see more success in the final third.

While this is based on a small sample size, it's certainly encouraging ahead of their visit to a Reading team that have yet to keep a clean sheet and have scored only once themselves this term.

Key man Bradley Dack should be available for the hosts despite initial concerns over a foot injury for the 24-year-old that was sustained in the win over Hull last weekend.

While the 4/5 (1.80) on Blackburn to win looks solid enough, those seeking a bigger potential return should consider backing the hosts with a -1 handicap at 2/1 (3.0) with bet365.

This bet will be settled as a winner if Rovers win the game by at least two goals and given the chances they've created over the past few weeks, a wide margin of victory doesn't look beyond them by any means.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Blackburn to beat Reading at 4/5 (1.80) for a 2pt stake with bet365