It is not too late for Reading to avoid relegation, despite the fact that they are currently standing on the second to last place in the Premier League. What they need is at least a draw at Madejki Stadium against Chelsea, an outcome that bookmakers regard as extremely unlikely.

Match: Reading vs Chelsea

Bet: Reading +1 goals

Odds: Bet365 2.00

A string of positive results and a less than stellar performance for their main rivals, enabled Reading to close the gap separating them from Wigan and Aston Villa. Winning at home against Chelsea would see them leapfrogging both teams and would extend the winning streak to five victories in a row. Reading has scored no less than 12 goals in the last four games, an impressive average of three goals per match and their morale is at high levels before this critical fixture.

Both teams are playing without their main goalkeepers, but while Reading had 16 games to adjust playing without McCarthy, Chelsea is having a hard time winning without Cech. They are missing three essential players and now that Hazard saw a red card in the previous game, their midfield is also crippled. Even so, the visitors are clearly the better team and they desperately need points to consolidate their position at the top of the Premier league.

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The bookmakers are crediting Reading with the second chance, but punters shouldn’t dismiss the hosts especially now that the odds are so generous. Bet365 will double any wager made by those who trust Reading not to lose this fixture, while offering the safety net of an Asian handicap. If Chelsea wins by exactly one goal, the stakes are returned which makes this type of bet even more attractive.