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Premier League betting preview: Reading FC

by Rob Dore | August 13, 2012

ROYALS PAINS: Reading are back in the Premier League having been relegated in 2008 (pic:Inpho).

Reading FC

Summer Summary

Reading may have returned to the top flight, but Brian McDermott isn’t resting on that rather dubious laurel. The Royals have been pretty active in the transfer market and nabbed a few players that could make the battle for survival go a lot smoother. The big name signing is Pavel Pogrebnyak. The Russian international isn’t cheap when it comes to wages, but they got him on a free and if he gets 15 goals this season it’ll be worth it. Nicky Shorey returns to the club where he made his name and although he probably won’t be as good as he was in first spell, he’s free, so it’s worth a shot. They actually paid money for Chris Gunter and Adrian Mariappa, so if they don’t deliver, McDermott will probably be more upset.

Something to be positive about

Brian McDermott seems to be building some solid foundations at the club. It was easily forgotten when they eventually won the title, but after six games of last season, Reading were second from bottom on four points and his job was in jeopardy. He responded incredibly well and that type of resilience will be required if their latest Premier League campaign doesn’t get off to the ideal start.

Something to be a bit worried about

For a team that won the league, Reading were a touch goal-shy. Last season, they scored 16 and 12 goals less than the other two promoted sides, Southampton and West Ham respectively. If you’re not finding the net a whole lot at Championship level, you’re going to find it even tougher when you make the step up. The signing of Pogrebnyak was clearly an attempt to remedy the situation, but there’s not guarantee it’ll work.

An optimistic season bet

They led the promoted trio into the Premier League and they’ve picked up some useful reinforcements since. The Royals have got a great chance of being Top Promoted team at 15/8.

A more realistic season bet

After a few years in the Championship, survival is the main aim in their first season back. They’re 4/7 to avoid relegation and that would do nicely for most fans.

New Arrivals

Pierce Sweeney (Bray Wanderers, undisclosed)
Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham, free)
Danny Guthrie (Newcastle, free)
Garath McCleary (Nottingham Forest, free)
Nicky Shorey (West Brom, free)
Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest, £2.5m)
Adrian Mariappa (Watford, £2.5m)

Packing Their Bags

Brian Howard (released)
Tomasz Cywka (released)
Andy Griffin (released)
Jack Mills (released)
Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday, undisclosed)
Mathieu Manset (FC Sion, undisclosed)

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