Reading Cut for Relegation

  • Last Updated: December 8 2012, 17:41 GMT

Reading are 4/11 to be relegated from the Barclays Premier League after they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Southampton.

Southampton condemned Reading to another defeat
Southampton condemned Reading to another defeat

Brian McDermott's side have now lost four matches on the spin since beating Everton in November and are six points adrift of safety.

BetVictor cut them to 1/3 immediately after the defeat and with William Hill going as short as 2/9, it's clear that Reading's stay in the top flight is expected to be brief, with Paddy Power's 4/11 the initial standout quote.

In contrast, Southampton are out to 6/5 with bet365 having extended their unbeaten home run to four matches, which leaves 1/2 chances QPR as the only other odds-on side along with Reading.

Harry Redknapp's outfit came from behind to lead 2-1 at Wigan but were quickly pegged back for a 2-2 draw to stay bottom of the table on seven points, the only winless side in the division.

Coral quote 7/4 that QPR fail to win again this year, with games against Fulham, Liverpool, West Brom and Newcastle to come before 2013.

"If QPR fail to beat Fulham next Saturday, it's hard to see the Hoops bringing an end to their winless run before the end of 2012," said the firm's Tim Reynolds.

Wigan are alongside Aston Villa in the betting at 11/5 with most firms, Villa having played out a 0-0 draw against Stoke, while Sunderland are now as short as 9/4 in places having been beaten by Chelsea.

That home defeat saw Paddy Power cut Martin O'Neill to 5/4 favourite to be the next manager to lose his job, while Ladbrokes slashed Reading boss McDermott to 9/2.

Rafael Benitez has been eased out to 13/2 by Paddy Power and Coral offer 4/6 that he remains in charge come the first day of next season after an improved display on Wearside.

"It's well known that Roman Abramovich would love to bring Pep Guardiola to the Bridge, but whether the former Barcelona manager would take-up the challenge is unknown," said Tim Reynolds.

"If Pep does decide to turn his back on Chelsea for a second time, Rafa Benitez would be very unlucky not to be appointed on a permanent basis, especially if the Spaniard can guide the Blues to a major trophy this season."

With Chelsea favourites for the Capital One Cup, Coral offer 1/2 that Benitez does lead them to a trophy, with 6/4 the price for those who believe he'll fail to do so.