The football is finally back as Ladbrokes report plenty of punters are getting involved with their football accumulator offer, plus have recently announced a new free bets code as the firm reports all the money has been for Brian McDermott’s newly promoted side.
Newly promoted Reading will be looking to get off to the best possible start this weekend when they host Stoke City as part of a fascinating opening day in the Premier League.
Having stormed the Championship last season with some fantastic form after Christmas, Reading will be hoping to continue this momentum into the new campaign. This is easier said than done with stronger opponents, but they will feel positive about their chances this weekend.
In front of their home fans, they will be hoping to show people what they are capable of. Three points on the opening day against an established top flight side and it could do wonders for their confidence.
Brian McDermott has certainly had a productive summer in the transfer market, bringing in Pavel Pogrebnyak – who made quite the impression at Fulham last season – as well as Danny Guthrie and Chris Gunter.
They also have the nucleus of the squad that did so well in the Championship last season, so they will have a lot more confidence than some teams winning promotion. The fans will be expectant mood this weekend, that’s for sure.
Stoke will be determined to show Reading how tough the Premier League is though. Tony Pulis’ men have been involved in top flight football for a few years now and know what it is all about.
They have of course been criticised for their style of play on a regular basis, but they have a winning formula and will not change their approach. If they keep securing comfortable mid-table finishes, why should they?
There are some suggesting that Stoke could be a team vulnerable to the increased competitiveness of the Premier League though, so a strong start – including a positive result this weekend – would be more than welcome.
With Michael Kightly coming in from Wolves to help assist the likes of Peter Crouch and Kenwyne Jones, they will certainly feel like they have more than enough to cause Reading problems.
This one gets underway at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.