Wolves hoping for a Festive fillip against the Royals
Benik Afobe has scored the first goal in Wolves’ last two fixtures and is 5/1 in our First Goalscorer betting to repeat that feat in the St Stephen’s/Boxing Day game against Reading.
The England U21 striker certainly seems to have benefited from a brief rest on the substitutes bench and he’ll be hoping to inspire Wolves to a second win in nine matches with the manager asking his players to respond quickly following Sunday’s defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.
Fortunes can change quickly over the crucial Christmas and New Year period, though the TV schedule isn’t doing Wolves any favours at present. After their Saturday tea-time fixture, they have to make their way down to London to play Charlton less than 48 hours later.
But Wolves will, at the moment, just have to roll their sleeves up and try to turn things around, starting against Reading. Brian McDermott is back in charge in the Madejski Stadium and he oversaw a 1-0 victory over Blackburn last Sunday. But they had lost their previous four and have not won an away game for exactly three months. We have Wolves at 7/5 in our Full Time Result betting for this one and price them up at 4/6 in our Draw No Bet market.
Reading have won on their last three visits to Molineux but honours are even in the overall head-to-head record between the sides – both have won 16 of the previous 38 meetings with six games ending in draws. There have been at least three goals scored in three of the last four matches and Over (2.5) in our Goal Over/Under market for this one is 23/20. Wolves scores first and Wolves win is 29/20 in our Matchflow odds.
The match kicks off at 5.15pm on Saturday, December 26th at Molineux
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