Arsenal v Reading preview & odds

Match preview for Arsenal v Reading on 30th March 2013 Easter weekend, plus betting odds.

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Emirates Stadium, Saturday, 30 March 2013, Kick-off: 15:00 GMT

New Reading manager Nigel Adkins has an uphill battle in visiting the Emirates after seeing his former club Southampton thumped 6-1 earlier in the season there. With Walcott, Wilshere and Diaby now out of this game through injury, the Gunners’ depth will be tested against relegation-threatened Royals.  Not many will think it possible for Reading to leave with any points from this one, but they need to produce something now on the back of five successive defeats in the premier league.

With Arsenal having won four out their last five, they also have their own motivation in overhauling Tottenham for that coveted Champions League place.  Given that the Gunners have won every match they’ve ever played against Reading, a draw could be about the most realistic odds to put a fiver on.

Prediction: Arsenal 1 Reading 1 (Correct Score odds of 11.00)

Betting odds on full time result: Arsenal win 1.25, Draw 6.5, Reading win 15.00