Back a draw this week between Reading and Aston Villa in the Championship.

Reading will this week welcome the visit of Aston Villa to the Madejski Stadium, with both teams set to battle it out for a return to winning ways.

A home win for the Royals this week is backed at 11/8 with bet365 while Steve Bruce’s visitors are 2/1. A draw between the two teams is 23/10.

Reading enter the fray this week looking for a return tow inning ways after a baron streak which now stretches back three games. That streak was updated last weekend courtesy of a 1-1 draw with QPR, a result that leaves Jaap Stam’s side sitting just eighth in the league. Reading’s biggest issue has been a lack of attacking prowess, with this week’s hosts scoring more than once in just one game from their last five. Looking to improve Reading’s goal return this week are front men Yann Kermorgant and Gareth McCleary. The latter has scored three times this season and is 15/4 to score again on Tuesday, while Kermorgant is 12/5 to score his third of the season with bet365.

Aston Villa made a mediocre start to life under Bruce last weekend, with the West Midlanders drawing 1-1 with local rivals Wolves. That stalemate marked Villa’s eighth in their last ten games and leaves the club sitting just 20th in the league and just one point above the bottom three. Bruce will be desperate to see an improvement from his squad this week against an unremarkable Reading side, and is likely to call on the likes of Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia to inspire a victory. McCormack is the 2/1 favourite to score with bet365 while Kodjia is 11/5.


Back a 1-1 draw this week at 5/1 with bet365.

A safer bet lies with a score draw at 7/2.