Foot Predictions shows Wednesday’s championship clash between Reading and Brentford, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Reading and Brentford compete for the championship on Wednesday night, seeking to strengthen their offer of automatic promotion to the Premier League.
While the visitors currently occupy the second position in the classification, the Royals are only six points behind the team in the form of the division.
As in their previous games against Wycombe Wanderers and Bristol City, a slow start against Middlesbrough put Brentford at risk of losing their long streak of Championship unbeaten run.
However, the Bees were able to overcome an initial deficit at Riverside Stadium to prevail by a score of 4-1, making it 20 games without defeat in the second division.
The victory in the Northeast came less than 24 hours after leader Norwich City lost to Swansea City, and two points now separate the first and third on the table.
While Thomas Frank will be focused on playing one game at a time, he will be keeping an eye on the big picture, especially with his next opponent having the potential to do a four horse race.
Ivan Toney scored two more goals over the weekend, bringing his score to 22 in 27 league games this season.
Lucas joao was responsible for scoring a significant portion of Reading’s goals, with 15 scored in just 21 matches.
However, the Royals are recording many goalless draws, the third in six matches taking place at Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.
Each of these impasses left the Madejski Stadium, but Veljko Paunovic you will feel that your players could have done more on their travels since the turn of the year.
On a positive note, a seven-game unbeaten run gave Reading an eight-point lead in the standings, giving them the platform to play with some freedom while trying to inflict Brentford’s first league defeat since October.
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Paunovic may consider delivering a recall to Yakou Meite after his impact as a substitute against Stoke.
However, as the striker has only recently returned from an injury, John Swift you can keep your place at the side.
Bryan Mbeumo is fighting for a return to Brentford XI, having marked his return from injury with an assist to Middlesbrough.
French could replace anyone Tariqe Fosu-Henry or Sergi Canos in what could be Frank’s only change.
Possible initial lineup reading:
Cabral; Holmes, Morrison, McIntyre, Richards; Rinomhota, Laurent; Olise, Swift, Ejaria; John
Possible initial lineup for Brentford:
Raya; Dalsgaard, Pinnock, Sorensen, Henry; Jensen, Janelt, Ghoddos; Mbeumo, Toney, Pipes
Probability: Reading 1-1 Brentford
The two coaches were relieved to have another day of recovery before one of the most important matches of the season. We think we could play in favor of the visitors, who should have enough freshness in their legs to win a share of the spoils.