It’s hotting up at the bottom of League One where Fleetwood go in search of a precious victory at the expense of big improvers Reading.
Reading to win @ 29/20
There are signs of life at Highbury under new Fleetwood boss Charlie Adam, who has overcome a tough start by picking up seven points from his last four matches.
But Fleetwood’s upturn doesn’t compare to that of Reading, who have surged away from the bottom four and go into this round of fixtures with a three-point cushion between themselves and the trap door.
That’s incredible when considering the Royals were bottom of the table at the end of October, had already incurred a four-point hit and were the subject of serious fan protests.
Fast forward three months and Reading can do little wrong. Since a 3-1 home loss to Barnsley at the start of December, the Berkshire club have played 13 matches in all competitions and lost just one of them.
During this run they have twice drawn with both Oxford and Peterborough, and have beaten Derby and Stevenage, both by 1-0 scorelines.
They have conceded only three goals in their last seven matches and have to be hugely confident of landing the odds at Fleetwood to continue their impressive revival.
The Cod Army are themselves fighting bravely in a bid to avoid the drop and Adam has improved them. They were on a nine-game winless run when he took over at the turn of the year. Under the former Scotland midfielder they have taken seven points from a possible 24 to leapfrog Cheltenham at the bottom.
They did lose last time out, 2-1 at Lincoln, and had central midfielder Bosun Lawal sent off meaning he is suspended on Tuesday night.
This is 23rd versus 18th according to the league table but Reading would be 14th with the four points they were docked and they have won four more matches than Fleetwood.
2 or 3 goals in match @ EVS
Fleetwood Town versus Reading doesn’t look like a game which is going to be littered with goals.
Ruben Selles has somehow transformed a team who couldn’t stop leaking goals into one of the most defensively sound in the division.
Since a 3-2 win over Exeter on New Year’s Day they have played seven matches - six in the league - and kept four clean sheets, conceding no more than once in each of the other three.
When you consider that in that run they have played Derby, Oxford and Stevenage that’s impressive and in Saturday’s 2-0 win against Charlton, they limited the Addicks to just one shot on target in 90 fairly anaemic minutes.
Thirteen of their 31 league matches have produced two or three goals this season while 18 of Fleetwood’s have done likewise.
Lewis Wing first scorer @ 11/1
If there is to be a goalscoring hero, then Lewis Wing should be on your shortlist.
And given that this doesn’t look like a match brimming with goals, then rather than take the shorter any time scorer price, back him to be the first scorer at 11/1.
It’s true that the central midfielder has only popped up with four goals this term but we know he is more prolific than that.
Last season the former Middlesbrough midfielder scored nine for Wycombe and on Saturday, against Charlton, he had the most shots of any Reading player - three in total.
He averages 1.7 shots per game and looks a much improved attacking threat under Selles, especially now that results are coming together.
Town give up more shots per game than any side in the division and have conceded the most goals of the 24 tier-three teams.
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