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Stuart Dalgleish 25th Oct 2009 - 16:33

Rodgers still won’t be jolly after another night of frustration

It hasn't been the best of starts for Brendon Rodgers at Reading, just two wins in 13 have left his side in the bottom three of the league and up against it in a fight to stay in the Championship.

To be fair to the Northern Irishman, he's had to deal with some fairly high profile names leaving the Madejski; Kevin Doyle, Marcus Hahnemann and Stephen Hunt to name a few have all left for pastures new, the goals provided by Doyle and Hunt in particular have been incredibly difficult to replace.

Even still, with some of the talent still on the books at Reading; they should be a team that's thinking of the play-offs, not trying to escape relegation.

This match on Monday night could give the Royals the boost they need as they desperately try to claw themselves back up the table, but with their home record and Leicester's struggles on the road I can't see either keeper being overly stretched in this one.

It's not for the want of trying for Reading, they just don't have an outstanding striker to put away the chances that they continually get each week; Jobi McAnuff must be kicking himself at times as the winger has arguably been their best player over recent weeks but for all the crosses that he's putting in the box, the end shot hasn't been good enough.

It's a problem that I'm sure Rodgers is all too aware of and getting a striker in on loan could be an option, if not I fear the Royals could be in for a real struggle to stay up.

Monday night's opponents Leicester have also had issues scoring goals, but thankfully for Nigel Pearson's team they have a striker in Matty Fryatt who is confident in front of goal; the former Walsall man had a couple of barren season's before Leicester went down but while the Foxes were in League One he re-discovered his form, hitting the back of the net a whopping 31 times in 49 league and cup appearances.

The forward has started this season in familiar fashion and has scored seven in 13 games so far, he represents Leicester's best route to goal and is a 5/1 shot to grab the first goal of the game, 5/4 to bag one at any time of the match.

The home team go into the game as 6/4 favourites despite the fact they have now gone 15 matches without a league win at the Madejski Stadium. With both teams' respective home and away problems; the draw looks to be the standout bet and that's available at 11/5, a 0-0 draw could be tempting at 15/2. Leicester are 9/5 to come away with all three points, but as a safety net draw no bet on them at 11/10 could be worth a shout.

I just can't see Reading scoring; they've lost three in a row, their home record is diabolical and their confidence must be low after a conceding so many goals recently. However the joint favourites for the Royals to score the first goal are Noel Hunt and Simon Church both at 6/1, who have just four goals between them. I would steer clear of these two though and look further down the betting at Matthew Mills who's weighed in with a couple of goals and could be value at 25/1 to get the opening goal of the match.

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