Cambridge United vs ReadingEnglish League One, KO: 20:00 Sep 4, 2023, Abbey Stadium
Cambridge United host Reading in a League One fixture with both teams attempting to find some consistency this season. The U’s have fared better than the visitors and given their solid home record, should have the upper hand on Monday.
It has been a mixed start to the season for Cambridge United, who have struggled to find some consistency. They have claimed three wins and suffered two defeats from their opening five matches in the competition.
One of Cambridge United’s defeats came last time out as they were beaten 2-0 by Leyton Orient in their previous fixture. They were second best for much of the encounter and attempted to play on the break but struggled to create too many clear-cut chances.
The good news for Cambridge United is that they have maintained a solid record at Abbey Stadium. Mark Bonner’s men have won five of their last seven League One home matches, keeping clean sheets in four of those wins.
The season may only be weeks old, but it has already been an eventful one for Reading. They were handed a one-point deduction and began the campaign with two wins and three defeats from their opening five matches.
Reading travel to Abbey Stadium off the back of a 2-1 defeat at Exeter City in their previous Championship fixture. They also crashed out of the Carabao Cup in midweek, losing to Ipswich Town on penalties after battling to a 2-2 draw in normal time.
One of the reasons for Reading’s relegation from the championship last season was their poor record on their travels. They have been beaten in their two away matches this season and are currently on a 14-match winless run stretching to the back end of last season.
How the bookies view it
Cambridge United have the upper hand among the bookies and are priced at 29/20 by William Hill to claim the win. A victory for Reading is valued at 2/1 by Paddy Power while Unibet is offering odds of 49/20 for a draw.
Head to head
Reading have a 4-1 advantage with three draws from eight previous matches with Cambridge United. However, the most recent meeting was a League One clash in 2002 which ended in a 2-2 draw.
Players to watch
Fejiri Okenabirhie has caught the eye for Cambridge United early in the season, scoring three goals in the last five matches across all competitions. The striker could be worth keeping an eye on to score anytime at 21/10 by bet365.
Reading also have attacking quality of their own with Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan, who has found the net three times in his last three matches across all competitions. Bet365 has the striker at odds of 9/4 to get on the score sheet on Monday.
Anything else catch the eye?
Cambridge United and Reading have the quality to trouble each other defensively and both teams could be backed to score at 10/11 with bet365. The Royals saw over 3.5 goals in their midweek Carabao Cup fixture and a repeat is priced 59/20 with 10bet while William Hill is offering 11/10 for over 2.5 goals.
The U’s have opened the scoring in five of the last eight matches across all competitions and could be set to grab the first goal at 19/20 by Coral.
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