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Betfair offer hope for Reading’s EPL survival by delivering turkeys to the Madejski

December 22nd, 2012 / lee

Online betting exchange Betfair recently caused a stir at the Premier League’s bottom side Reading FC. Betfair sent 25 turkeys, which had been saved from the Christmas dinner table, to the Madejski Stadium. While some may have seen the act as reflecting the Reading team as being a bunch of turkeys, it was actually a message of support from the betting exchange. It was message that despite being embroiled in a tough season, Reading could still avoid the drop.

Betfair delivered the 25 turkeys to the Royals after they were saved from the butcher’s knife, all dressed in Reading’s blue and white home kit. It was a message of festive inspiration from Bet365, who let the turkey’s enjoy their freedom, that Reading, while needing to grab as many points they can over the second half of the season still have a chance at survival. Just like the lucky turkey’s had.

“These turkeys have been spared the axe this Christmas so, at least they’ll see out the next 12 months,” said Betfair’s Alex Bake.

“The same can’t be said for Reading, who are looking increasingly vulnerable at the foot of the table. After their display against Arsenal in their last match, the Reading players will be lucky to escape the carving knife this Christmas.”

With a tough festive period ahead for Reading, having to face Manchester City, Swansea, West Ham and Tottenham, things could rapidly get from bad to worse very quickly. Reading have amassed just nine points this season, from one win and six draws, prompting betting exchange Betfair to list Reading at 2/13 favourite to taste relegation this season.

Only one team has ever managed to avoid relegation after sitting bottom of the table at Chrimstas, West Brom. With Reading a good seven points adrift of safety as it is right now and a defence which is looking more and more vulnerable, the Berkshire side are slumping on a six match losing streak. Can Brian McDermott gobble up enough points to get the Royals safe?

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