Both sides are still yet to register a victory in the Premier League this season and will need to start picking up maximum points in their games soon, otherwise a long and cold winter period will await them.
QPR have home advantage and are clear favourites according to the bookmakers. Ladbrokes, amongst other firms, have the west-London side at 5/6 to break their winless hoodoo against a Reading side that were the away-day specialists in the Championship last season but have yet to travel with such verve and aggression back in Premier League promise land.
The Royals won 13 league games on their travels last year and are a 100/30 shot with Bet365 to rekindle their away day form at Loftus Road with a win. With both sides desperate not to lose though, the draw, which has been priced up at a tempting looking 3/1 shot with Paddy Power.
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Of the two sides, you could argue that a victory for QPR is more of a necessity rather than Reading.
Rangers manager Mark Hughes has come under big pressure from influential parts of the QPR supporter base, with a lot of them unhappy with the measly return of just three points from nine games thus far. Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is currently available and is reportedly keeping a close eye on the situation with Hughes at QPR.
Another failure to pick up maximum points at Loftus Road could leave chairman Tony Fernandes no choice other than to wield the same axe he dealt to Neil Warnock when the side were on a similar bad run last Christmas.
These two sides have already met this season, in the League Cup, and it was the 100/30 Royals that came out on top that day in a pulsating affair which ended 3-2.
Punters obviously have taken stock of that game when planning a betting attack on this game, and are banking on plenty of goals once again.
Both defences are far from secure, and are capable of leaking soft goals at any time during a match.
Rangers have already conceded 18 goals this term whilst Reading’s shoddy back four have leaked 17. This gives you some idea to why the markets for over 2.5 goals (8/11 Ladbrokes) and both teams to score (8/11 Bet365) have been immensely popular with the shrewd punters who like to place their bets early.
With a predicted deluge of goals on the menu at Loftus Road, the goalscoring markets are also worth a second look. QPR’s top-scorer this season is Bobby Zamora, who has two goals to his name, but he has been woefully ineffective in the last few games, so looking elsewhere for the value looks the canny play.
Only two other QPR players have scored in the league this season, Junior Hoilett and Adel Taarabt.
They pose more a threat against the slow, cumbersome Reading centre-halves, and should be backed at 7/1 with Bet365 and 13/2 with the same firm to deliver the goods for their desperate side.
Goals haven’t been a problem for Brian McDermott’s side this year. The Royals have notched 11 times in their matches this campaign, with players sharing the goals out equally amongst them.
Reading skipper Jobi McAnuff has been in great form on his first season in the Premier League, and should be in confident mood following last week’s goal in their sensational 3-3 draw with Fulham.
He looks well-overpriced at 20/1 also with Bet365 to open the scoring for his side.