Reading have been flawless at the Madejski Stadium in the championship this season so it’s a surprise to find them as big as they are for this weekend’s home clash with 17th-placed Rotherham. The second tier’s table-toppers have claimed nine points from a possible nine on home soil, scoring four and conceding none.
The Millers’ away form is probably the reason we’ve got such a decent price here, as they’re undefeated from their three away games with a win and two draws in their back pocket. Rotherham’s away form is a little misleading on investigation, though. They beat pointless Wycombe (23rd) on the opening day before drawing with Birmingham (18th) and Nottingham Forest afterwards (20th).
They’re yet to face a team like Reading away from home and with the Royals on the crest of a wave it’s hard to see them not making it four from four at home. Both of these two have been involved in low-scoring affairs so far so it could be tight, but we’re backing the form side and are on the Reading Win.
Millwall just missed out on the playoffs last season and they’ve taken early strides to make amends this time around. Gary Rowett’s side sit fifth in the table with three wins, two draws and a loss from their six games.
Their visitors this weekend, Barnsley, are down in 21st and might consider themselves to be a little unlucky following a tough fixture list that doesn’t get any easier this weekend. They are yet to win this season but have racked up three draws along with three defeats.
Millwall have just the one win at home this term but they are undefeated in those games against Brentford, Luton and Stoke. The Tykes picked up their first away point of the season on Wednesday night against 10-man Stoke, but it feels like their wait for the second will go on with a Millwall Win on Saturday.
Doncaster and Crewe are two of a handful of teams in League One to have only played six games this season. They meet for their seventh of the campaign this weekend with the away side still seeking their first point of the season on the road.
Doncaster, in sixth, have seven from a possible nine at home with the only points dropped coming on the opening day against MK Dons. They’re fresh off an impressive 4-1 thrashing of early pace-setters Ipswich at the Keepmoat and should make light work of The Railwaymen on Saturday.
All of Crewe’s seven points have come at home and they’re unlikely to be able to improve on their 14th place in League One this weekend. Doncaster have shown they could challenge for promotion with that impressive win over Ipswich and they can further improve those credentials this week with a home Win against Crewe.
Cambridge still find themselves sat atop of League Two with just one loss and one draw blemishing an otherwise perfect record. Bolton have been the surprise package in the fourth tier for the wrong reasons and lie in 20th place with just five points after seven games.
Alarmingly for The Trotters they have been recording poor results against the teams around them at the foot of the table, with the 2-1 win away at Harrogate (4th) the only real highlight of their season so far. If the alarm bells weren’t already ringing at University of Bolton Stadium they’ll be chiming loud and clear now as they could only manage a 3-3 draw with Barrow courtesy of a 90th minute penalty in the week.
Cambridge have dropped just two points at home this season and face a Bolton side whose confidence will be rock bottom and are at least a good 15 places lower in the table than they would have of expected to be at this early stage. We’re on the Cambridge Win which is surely such a long price because of Wanderers’ historical reputation rather than their actual performances on the pitch this season.
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