Reading FC have Robins in their sights
When Reading face Bristol City at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday it will be a clash between two of the most out of form teams in the Championship, writes Graeme Copas.
The Royals have notched one victory in the last seven games, that being a narrow 1-0 success over Blackburn in manager Brian McDermott’s first match back at the helm.
Goals have been hard to come by, at home and away, ever since they stuck five past Ipswich Town almost four months ago.
They have not scored more than two goals in any match since then and have only found the net four times in seven matches.
They entertain Bristol City off the back of a 1-0 defeat at Wolves on Saturday and a 2-1 reverse at home to Brentford on Monday.
But their opponents are equally fickle, giving the Royals cause for optimism.
The Robins, who currently occupy one of the three relegation spots, come to Berkshire with a solitary win from their last nine outings having conceded 19 goals.
They have been thumped 4-0 twice in that period – by Derby and, most recently, Burnley on Monday.
They were also 2-0 losers at home when the two teams met in September.
Anything other than a win will be seen as a poor return for the Royals.