You don’t need us to tell you that this is a massive game for both of these clubs. A win for either side would in all likelihood lift that team out of the relegation zone and provide them with the momentum needed to escape the drop. Both teams have enjoyed some reasonable results of late – Reading have lost just 2 of their last 8 league games (including wins over Sunderland, Newcastle and West Brom), while Wigan have progressed to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup following glamorous away wins at Bournemouth, Macclesfield and Huddersfield. The end result in this one is difficult to predict but we think there’s a good chance that both teams will get on the scoresheet.
Reading’s recovery has been based around their decent home form, where they have lost just 3 times this season. The Madejski crowd have had plenty of goals to cheer about as their team have scored 22 goals at home this season (the 7th most in the PL – the same as Everton and better than Spurs) and have only failed to score in 2 of their 16 home games in all competitions. Encouragingly for this bet, Reading have also conceded 24 goals at home this season – the most in the league after this weekend’s visitors.
Although Wigan have failed to win a league game so far in 2013, they have been scoring goals at home and on their travels. They’ve bagged at least one goal in 9 of their 13 away games this season and since their 3-0 defeat at Newcastle at the beginning of December they’ve scored in 9 consecutive away games in all competitions. Throw into the mix that this is typically the time of year that Wigan begin their great escape and they’ve got to be good for a goal or two.
If we were being greedy, we might have gone for over 2.5 goals or even over 3.5 goals in this game –outcomes that have occurred in 9 and 7 games respectively out of Reading’s 13 home league fixtures. This time around, we’ll settle for at least one for each side.
£102.17 – Both teams to score @ 1.64