Reading v Birmingham - Tuesday 20:00

Birmingham pressed Fulham into submission on Saturday, earning two penalties and a red card on their way to a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage. Now Gary Rowett might be inclined to revert to the patient counter-attacking game for which his team are more renowned against a Reading side still trying to add some sense of purpose to their equally-patient passing game.

Take the 11/4 on the away win at the Madejski. Last season, Blues delivered a smash-and-grab masterclass on several occasions with win-to-nil away triumphs at MK Dons (2-0), Brentford (2-0), Leeds (2-0), Bolton (1-0), Derby (3-0) and Reading (2-0). However, with opponents growing wise to that system, this season calls for greater improvisation.

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Rowett delivered precisely that against the Cottagers but the Royals might be fair game to fall into his best rehearsed trap given their fixation with Jaap Stam’s new possession-based philosophy. The Royals are anything but a well-oiled machine at the moment and you can rest assured Rowett will have studied the finer points religiously.

Whatever approach he takes, Reading don’t offer much of a goal threat and on the two occasions they’ve conceded the first goal - at Wolves and Newcastle - they’ve subsequently opened themselves up to further damage, so there’s mileage in backing the Birmingham 2-0 correct score at 19/1.

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Birmingham to win - 1pt @ 11/4
Birmingham 2-0 correct score - 1pt @ 19/1