It could well be the case that West Ham pick up more points on the road this season than they do at Upton Park. Sam Allardyce’s team have been regularly stifled in front of their own supporters, although Southampton are the only side to inflict defeat on them when they have gone on their travels.
The Hammers make the short trip to Berkshire on Saturday, having missed the chance to claim top spot in the Championship last weekend when losing 2-1 at home to Burnley. Nevertheless, the visitors are still on course for promotion thanks to securing an average of two points per game at the moment.
Paddy Power (£100 free bets) offer odds of 8/5 that an eighth away win of the campaign is secured, with John Carew likely to be recalled for the game at the Madejski Stadium having spent most of last weekend’s match on the bench. The Norwegian is a 7/1 chance (bet365 – £200 free betting) to score the opening goal, although some will be interested more in the 8/1 about the reliable captain that is Kevin Nolan.
Reading will look forward to testing themselves against the best away team in the division, with Brian McDermott having to cope with the departure of Shane Long and Matt Mills in the summer. The Royals are mid-table but they have claimed victory in two of their last three matches, both by a 3-2 scoreline.
The Berkshire side came close to beating Southampton a few weeks ago and can be backed at 7/4 to win this match, with Reading often raising their game against the better teams in the division. Simon Church and Noel Hunt are both good strikers at this level and the supporters will be out in numbers to support their club against a team that pilfered Alan Pardew from their grasp a few seasons ago.