Sixth meets fifth in Saturday’s big Sky Bet Championship match as Brentford welcome Reading to the Brentford Community Stadium.
Should Watford and Swansea both fail to win, Brentford could climb to third with victory, whereas Reading themselves could go third with a win plus similar results elsewhere.
Ethan Pinnock is ruled out for Brentford after being sent off in Tuesday’s draw at Watford.
Pontus Jansson, Christian Norgaard (both ankle), Mads Roerlsav (foot) and Shandon Baptiste (knee) remain ruled out.
Reading could again be without Lucas Joao, Yakou Meite and George Puscas due to recent knocks.
Andy Yiadom, Felipe Araruna (both knee) and John Swift (hamstring) remain absent with no set return dates, although Swift could return in the New Year.
- Brentford have lost just one of their last six meetings against Reading (W3, D2, L1).
- Reading have won just one of their last visits to Brentford (W1, D2, L3), although this is their first trip to the Brentford Community Stadium.
- Just one of Brentford’s four goals against Reading last season came before half-time, despite keeping a clean sheet on both occasions.
Given that Watford are Brentford’s bogey team, the Bees did a great job to get a draw at Vicarage Road in midweek whilst dominating in terms of attack, although they did waste several of their 12 shots so I would like to see a bit more patience here and take their chances more clinically like this Bees team is capable of doing.
Reading meanwhile just lacked something up front against Norwich but their defending at times left a lot to be desired in terms of man marking and pace, which ultimately showed in poor passing for the first conceded goal then aggression which led to Teemu Pukki’s winner for the Canaries.
Both teams therefore have various aspects to improve but if Brentford are able to create themselves space and time to take their shots more sharper then I can see a home win coming here.
Prediction: Brentford 2-1 Reading
Result: Brentford 3-1 Reading