BRIGHTON & Hove Albion have enjoyed a less than fruitful Christmas period with Oscar Garcia’ men recording just one win from four games in the last ten days; a 1-0 win away at beleaguered Blackpool – a side that look in complete and utter free fall.
The Seagulls rescued a point home to Bournemouth thanks to Wolves loanee Stephan Ward, endearing himself to those at The Amex Stadium by popping up in the 89th minute to pile more woe on The Cherries and manager Eddie Howe.
Albion can count themselves very unlucky, however, despite going through a quiet patch in front of goals they mustered up 25 shots on Lee Camp’s goal, but found the keeper in inspired form on New Year’s Day.
Leo Ulloa looks to be creeping back to form and will no doubt be adding to his brace against Charlton on Boxing Day sooner rather than later.
The Seagulls host Reading on Saturday with the Royals on a torrid run of form despite being expected to be challenging for the title at the start of the season they were 6/1 joint-favourites with Queen Park Rangers back in August.
They snatched a late equaliser at home to Forest to end a run of three straight defeats and Oscar Garcia will be licking his lips; are Reading there for the taking?
Brighton are 23/20 favourites, Reading 11/4 and the draw 9/4 but it is hard to oppose Brighton given Reading’s abject performances over the Christmas period, especially with Leo Ulloa back.
Ulloa is the 17/4 favourite to open the scoring but take him to score anytime at 7/5, with 11/5 on offer with BetVictor for Ulloa to score in a Brighton victory – fill your boots.
It’s all change at the top of the table in the Championship with Leicester City the new favourites for the title, Queens Park Rangers deposed from the top of the betting for the first time since August; The Foxes the new 6/4 favourites and Rangers 15/8.
Derby County have now won eight of their last nine Championship games, a 1-1 draw away at Huddersfield being their only blip and they are now 9/2 from 80/1 prior to Steve McClaren’s appointment in September.
For all the latest odds, go to BetVictor.com