Big Saturday Multiple: Reading eyeing Fulham scalp

Reading host Fulham in the second tier today
Reading host Fulham in the second tier today

Jonno Turner scans the bottom three English divisions, and throws up a multiple to kick start the weekend - at tasty odds of 10.24...

Bet 1: Reading (HOME) @ 2.4529/20

Bet 2: Chesterfield (HOME) @ 1.910/11

Bet 3: Burton Albion (HOME) @ 2.26/5

It's a west of London battle in our first selection of this three team multiple, as Reading host Fulham at the Madejski Stadium.

The home side go into this clash occupying 15th place in the Championship, and three unbeaten from their opening five league outings will give them real hope of securing a result here.

Nigel Adkins saw his side grab an impressive victory up in Middlesbrough last time out, and now the Royals will be keen to build on that result in front of their own fans, following a defeats on their own patch in the game previous to that.

Stats-wise, Reading are difficult to permeate on home turf. Seven undefeated from their last nine there indicates that their base is becoming something of a fortress once again, and two clean sheets from four shouldn't be sniffed at.

Fulham make this trip having endured a nightmare start to life outside the Premier League, and it's perhaps testament to just how bad things have been that a 1-1 home draw in their last encounter is seen as one of just a few chinks of light this season.

Indeed, Felix Magath's side will be desperate to maintain some momentum, but with a misfiring strike force, which hasn't notched a single goal yet, they are seriously lacking in the final third.

Things aren't much better at the back, either. Seven goals shipped in their opening two away games of the campaign - a 2-1 defeat at Ipswich and a 5-1 loss at Derby - points to gaps in their backline, and Reading could take advantage of that.

The Craven Cottage sit currently languish in second bottom place in the table, and just one win from their last six meetings with their hosts suggests that it might not be a positive afternoon for them.

Bet 1: Reading (HOME) @ 2.4529/20

We're off to Derbyshire for our second pick of the day now, as Chesterfield welcome Scunthorpe United to the Proact Stadium.

The Spireites go into this clash sitting sixth in the third tier following a cracking start to life back at this level - and Paul Cook will be desperate for his charges to cling on to that play-off place for as long as possible.

After beating their guests to the League Two title last season, the hosts will be keen to grab another league scalp on the Iron, with home advantage, and three wins, a draw and a single loss from their opening five fixtures suggests that they're well placed to so.

Ironically, these two sides met less than a fortnight ago, in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, and Scunthorpe ran out 2-0 winners - but it's hard to read anything into that result, as both sides fielded squad players.

But a 2-1 victory at Port Vale in their last league encounter will give Chesterfield a real boost, and they will be under no illusions as to the importance of grinding out results in front of a home crowd.

Russ Wilcox's side make the trip to the Peak District having struggled a little more to adapt to life at a higher level.

They sit 22nd in the table having ground out just a single win so far, and were comfortable beaten by Bristol City last time out.

What's worse is that the Iron's stellar defensive record, which fared them so well last year, has not been so apparent of late. Indeed, they have not managed a clean sheet in the league yet.

And three goalless returns from five indicates that they are struggling a little at the other end, too.

Bet 2: Chesterfield (HOME) @ 1.910/11

Dropping a division for our final selection of the day now, as League Two leaders Burton Albion line up on their own patch against York City.

The home side find themselves sitting pretty in pole position with a two point gap on their nearest rivals after half a dozen games, and boss Gary Rowett will be delighted with the way that his side has bounced back following the disappointment of missing out on promotion last year.

Five wins and a draw from their opening half a dozen exchanges is pretty much the perfect start by the Brewers, but it's the manner in which they've claimed those victories which is most impressive.

Three clean sheets, and three straight home victories, underlines just how strong this side is, and suggests that it will take a special attacking performance to break them down at the back.

And four goals notched in their last two leaves no doubt as to the attacking talent they have within their ranks at this level.

Visitors York travel to Staffordshire occupying 12th place in the fourth tier, but with just one win away from home all campaign.

Nigel Worthington's charges finally earned their first win of the campaign away at Stevenage last time out, and five straight stalemates previous to that might have had the Bootham Crescent faithful checking their season ticket receipts.

The Minstermen will be keen to build on that three points, and there's a lot to be said for making yourselves hard to beat - but just two wins from seven on the road indicates a lack of cutting edge, and I reckon that their hosts might have too much for them this afternoon.

Bet 3: Burton Albion (HOME) @ 2.26/5

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