Premier League Betting Preview - Chelsea v Reading

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Roberto Di MatteoBoth of these teams had positive opening results and will be hoping to add to that in this fixture at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are favourites in Premier League betting to come away with a result here, and at 11/1 it's not looking likely for Reading to upset that.

Although Chelsea will want a victory at home both teams could be content with a draw, and at 9/2 what is the likelihood it will be on the cards?

Reading had a superb run in the Championship last season and have been an impressive team under manager Brian McDermott. The club managed a 1-1 draw against Stoke in their opening match of the Premier League and it is quite possible this will be a hard-fought victory by the Blues similar to that of their 2-0 triumph over Wigan at the weekend. However, Reading will most certaintly be put to the test in this match against the European Champions and may play on the one area Chelsea need to work on, the time of possession, which was apparant after they scored to early goals on the weekend and then adopted a defensive play for the rest of the game.

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The Royals will be a feisty opponent for Roberto Di Matteo's side and we are reminded at how tough Southampton played against last seasons Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday to realise we cannot put the newly promoted's hopes of a victory to bed just yet.

Chelsea have won six and lost just one of their last nine Premier League home matches but only had six shots in their game against Wigan, their fewest since 2007. It is likely the attacking stars Mata, Torres and Hazard will be in the starting line-up again tomorrow night. Hazard was man-of-the-match at the weekend and rightly so, after putting in an impressive debut performance as well as creating both goals. He's at odds of 5/1 in Premier League betting to hit the net first and is bound to be putting in the work to claim his first goal in the Premier League.

McDermott will have to do without three of his key players though and isn't in as good a position as Di Matteo. Jason Roberts and Jimmy Kebe are out for tomorrow's match and Jem Karacan is highly doubtful. But Noel Hunt made a big impression after coming on as a sub in Saturday's fixture and McDermott will be keeping the faith with Russian summer signing Pogrebnyak who will be hunting for his first goal for Reading.

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