Tractor Boys can go top of the Championship table with away win at Royals, so poacher Pitman is terrific anytime value at best odds of 3/1 with bet365.
Championship football returns after the international break at Reading’s Madejski Stadium where the Royals host Ipswich Town, and Mick McCarthy must target victory to temporarily take his team top of the table.
The Tractor Boys are a best-price 13/5 with Betfair and Sky Bet to get the win they need, while Steve Clarke’s Berkshire side look a little short at top odds of 5/4 on offer with Ladbrokes and William Hill, given their mediocre start to the season. A draw is 12/5 with BetVictor.
In Brett Pitman, Ipswich have a striker that loves to score against Reading with three in as many starts, and that makes best anytime odds of 3/1 available at bet365 well worth taking.
Fellow Bournemouth alumnus Ryan Fraser, on loan at Portman Road from the Cherries, has taken plenty of plaudits since switching to the Suffolk side, but the winger is double Pitman’s price at 6/1 with Paddy Power and at 21 still has an erratic end product.
A more reliable source of supply could come from Australia international Tommy Oar, who may be handed his Tractor Boys bow by McCarthy at the Madejski. A brilliant Bosman after being released by Eredivisie outfit Utrecht, Oar is already an Asia Cup winner with the Socceroos.
Such international class not only feeds but supplements Pitman, and Oar is an awesome best bet of 8/1 with bet365 to join the striker on the scoresheet. His low centre of gravity and direct running will cause real problems for the Royals full backs.
There’s also fellow diminutive talent Freddie Sears to consider, who, like Fraser, has three goals for Ipswich already this term. Likely to operate off Pitman, it’s bet365 yet again who offer the top anytime odds at 10/3 on the West Ham United academy graduate.
Poacher Pitman pays here, however, as he is a proven scorer when previously paired with Reading and McCarthy is a canny coach who will happily hand him the chance to put himself up against a Royals rearguard who have conceded an average of just under a goal per game.
Bookies.com best bet: Brett Pitman scores anytime @ 3/1 with bet365
All odds were correct at time of posting.