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Points more important to Reading’s play-off push than promoted Foxes

| 14.04.2014

Only Middlesbrough have recorded more Championship draws at home than Reading, but they have won five of their last six encounters with Leicester City. A share of the spoils here is a 5/2 chance with Coral.

Nigel Pearson’s Foxes start as 13/10 favourites for victory in Berkshire, however, despite a heavy loss to play-off hopefuls Brighton in midweek. The Royals can leapfrog the Seagulls, and reclaim a place in the top six, with a win at 21/10.

Reading boss Nigel Adkins needs this result more, because the bookies now have Brighton (9/1) ahead of his side in the promotion market (10/1). Their form has taken a dive in recent weeks, however, with the Royals picking up just four points from the last dozen available.

A scoreline of 3-1 to the hosts has been the exact result recorded on Leicester’s last two trips to the Madejski. Odds of 25/1 say that will happen again here.

Look to midfield for Reading goals in the form of Mikele Leigertwood, who is set for a run-out here because Danny Guthrie picked up a calf problem in their last outing. Piledrivers are a forte of the Antigua and Barbuda international, so he could be a great outside bet.

Wales winger Hal Robson-Kanu, like Leigertwood, has a goal when facing the Foxes on his CV. Odds of 11/4 say he will be on target anytime. Royals skipper Jobi McAnuff, meanwhile, is 11/2 in the same market.

Pearson will be hoping top-scorer David Nugent can net again, as he did in the reverse fixture. That was the England cap’s first goal in eight attempts against Reading, and he is 9/2 for the opener.

Evergreen veteran Kevin Phillips may be good value for a goal off the bench. He has two in four from previous meetings with the Royals, so consider him a decent shot at 6/1 to net last.

It’s simply a matter of who wants this more. Adkins should, so back Reading to at least get something.

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Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.