Reading 7/1 to survive

  • Last Updated: March 26 2013, 10:57 GMT

Nigel Adkins is 7/1 with Sky Bet to keep Reading in the Premier League after being confirmed as the Royals' new manager.

Nigel Adkins after his press conference at the Madejski Stadium
Nigel Adkins after his press conference at the Madejski Stadium

The former Southampton boss has made a quick return to the top flight by filling the vacancy which resulted when Brian McDermott was axed with Reading second bottom of the table.

They are currently seven points from safety with just eight games remaining.

Sky Bet offer 7/1 that they survive, while anyone expecting an 'Adkins bounce' should also note that the new boss is 10/1 to win April's manager of the month award.

It's 1/16 that Reading go down and 1/2 they finish bottom. QPR are currently below them, but only on goals scored.

Sky Bet football trader Jamie Munro said: "Although Adkins did a superb job at Southampton, gaining successive promotions from League One, the markets suggest he is really up against it as he bids to keep Reading up.

  • Premier League
Position Player Score
15 Sunderland 31
16 Southampton 31
17 A Villa 30
18 Wigan 27
19 Reading 23
20 QPR 23

"Should he fail to do so they appear to have made an excellent choice to help them bounce straight back to the promised land."

The Leeds-based firm have already priced up Reading's chances of beating Adkins' old club Southampton at the Madejski Stadium on April 6 and they offer 7/4. They are 10/1 to win at Arsenal in Adkins' first game in charge this Saturday.

In another special, Sky Bet make Reading 2/1 to sign two or more Southampton players during the summer transfer window.

Adkins has signed a contract taking him through to the summer of 2016.

Reading's remaining fixtures:

March 30 - Arsenal A

April 6 - Southampton H

April 13 - Liverpool H

April 20 - Norwich A

April 28 - QPR H

May 4 - Fulham A

May 12 - Manchester City H

May 19 - West Ham A

Get £70 from your free £10 bet with Sky Bet if Reading stay up