Dean Court, 20/10/2014, 19:45
Bournemouth form – WWLWWDLD
Reading form – LLDDLLWW
Match odds – Home win – 3/4 Draw – 13/5 Away Win – 19/5
Reading without a win at the home of the Cherries since 2001. Bournemouth have won 3 of the last 4 games at home to the Royals.
The home team come into the game against Reading in a fine run of form that they will hope and are favourites to extend. The slender victory against a Charlton side who have enjoyed a good start to the campaign gave Eddie Howe’s men a fourth victory in five games and took the side up to ninth in the table ahead of Tuesday’s game. Howe will be without Yann Kermorgant but has Callum Wilson who has made a fantastic start to the season with eight goals so far.
The Berkshire outfit travel to the south coast low on confidence and in a poor run of form. The Royals are without a win in 6 in all competitions and lost comprehensively 3-0 to high-flyers Derby County at home on the weekend. Reading come into the game with a lengthy injury list which sees important first team players Williams, Guthrie and McCleary among others still on the treatment table. The Royals have conceded 6 in their last 2 home games and nine in the last four altogether.
With the consistent and impressive form of the home side, it will be a very tough game for the Royals to get anything out of. The defensive structure of the Royals will be a worry for boss Nigel Adkins, and the home side will fancy their chances against the out of form visitors. A 2-0 home win is the outcome I can see occurring.