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Rupert Wyman 3rd Feb 2011 - 14:03

Taarabt to dictate the play at Reading

Adel Taarabt will be lining up for QPR against Reading on Friday evening.  This time last week, the former Tottenham playmaker thought he would be making a big money move to a prestigious team, possibly United.

No not Newcastle United, not the rejuvenated Leeds United, not Warnock's old club Sheffield United, but Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United!

However, he guaranteed himself that he would not be leaving on the final day of the transfer window with an almighty strop against Championship side Hull City last weekend.

The moody, petulant Moroccan is irritably good at times but he does not have a football brain. He is ill-disciplined off the ball and he is still learning the art of defence. Warnock claims that there were scouts present against Hull last week but bickering with his team-mates and asking to be substituted in the first half did not create a great impression.

The Moroccan has always had a sky high opinion of himself and that is probably the reason why he is no longer a Tottenham player.  The Moroccan is 7/4 to find the net anytime and he is not afraid to shoot from distance, at times he looks like he would rather fire for goals at any angle rather than pass to his teammates.

In the match betting Reading are 5/4 for the home win, the draw is 23/10 and the away win is 11/5. Reading conceded a controversial last minute equaliser midweek to Cardiff and they were on-course for a well deserved victory. They sit just outside the play-off spots and a good run in the second half of the season could end with automatic promotion.

Reading are on a great run of form, they lost the reverse fixture by three goals to one (28/1) earlier this season but they have improved vastly since the defeat.

The two goal scorers for Reading were Leigertwood (8/1, anytime) and Manset (2/1, anytime), but their top scorer is Shane Long. He was linked with West Ham during the transfer window and he has a transfer value of about two million pounds.

He has scored thirteen goals in total and he is 5/4 to score anytime.  There could be plenty of goals in this encounter.

Reading play good, strong attacking football and QPR will counter them on the break. QPR play with two wingers, Routledge and Taarabt and they have the pace to take Reading down the flanks.

The price for over 2.5 goals is 21/20 and with the attacking players on the field, I think it could prove to be good value. It is not odds-on because QPR have been struggling to score of late. However, against Portsmouth they used more width and they have signed the bulky Ishmael Miller on loan from West Brom.

They have struggled since the injuries to Mackie and Agyemang in attack. It is only a matter of time before QPR start regularly finding the back of the net and with Miller, he can provide the goal scoring threat again. He is 7/4 to find the net anytime and he will play a part in the match.

With two of the strongest teams in the Championship on-show, it is difficult to predict a ninety minute outcome. I would not look at any of the obscure markets, the 21/20 for over 2.5 goals looks a good bet and the fans at the Madejski should be in for a treat.

This time next year, it would not be a surprise to see both teams scrapping at the bottom of the Premier League table, seeing this fixture as a six pointer.



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