We hit the bar with our Saturday selections once again.
Stevenage and Fulham did the job for us, although maybe not as convincingly as I thought they would, but Fleetwood let us down against relegation threatened Swindon. Fleetwood looked to have had the better of the play but were once again let down by their lack of goals, which we did point out as the big danger.
After two weeks of near misses it might be a bit early in the process to change, but we’re going to slightly alter how we’re approaching our football stakes, starting with the midweek programme.
Reading to Win at Home to Blackburn
Reading have been a bit of a surprise package this season under Jaap Stam, who has taken them from lower mid-table to an almost certain play-off position. There were the usual perplexing questions around manager suitability, that always happen when an English manager is replaced by one from the continent, but Stam has improved the style of football as well as their fortunes. They come into this game with some solid recent form, beating fellow promotion hopefuls Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday to nil, and will be looking to continue into the play-offs with some momentum.
Blackburn are an absolute basket case who must go down as one of the most poorly run clubs in the division. They have spent much of the season in the bottom three and currently sit third from bottom. The recent change of manager has brought about a slight change of fortune, with Tony Mowbray bringing noticeable change in form, going seven games undefeated before a 1-0 loss to Brighton at the weekend.
We have seen somewhat of a recent improvement in fortunes from Blackburn with Tony Mowbray seemingly making them much tougher to beat; four draws on the bounce attesting to that. However, their away form this season has been particularly poor and a good Reading side should have too much for them at The Madejski.
Reading – 2pts & 7/5 (Betfair)