Just two points separate Bournemouth and Reading in the Championship table as the pair prepare to face each other on Saturday afternoon.
The Royals who go into the game with the upper hand. Veljko Paunović’s side sit top of the table after 11 games.
Bournemouth v Reading Form Guide
Reading have 22 points to their name, posting seven wins, one draw and three losses so far.
Jason Tindall’s men meanwhile have lost just once, but they sit fourth on 20 points. The Cherries have won five and drawn five this season.
The former Premier League outfit made a bright start since dropping down a division, but still have plenty of work to do in order to immediately bounce back to the Premier League.
Reading, meanwhile, have been away from the top-flight for some time now, but it’s looking increasingly likely that this is their chance to return.
Despite their strong starts, both sides have just two wins from their last five games.
Things are much more worrying at Reading, however, with the Royals losing three consecutive league games.
Their latest was a 3-0 loss at home to Stoke, with Bournemouth picking up a 3-1 win at Birmingham on the same day.
An international break has, however, split up the season. And that may just work in Reading’s favour as Paunović attempts to reorganise things.
Bournemouth have been given odds of 3/4 to win the game on Saturday afternoon. The travelling side can be backed at 4/1.
A draw is available at 3/1. The Vitality Stadium plays host to the highly-anticipated meeting, which kicks off all the Championship action on Saturday.
Lucas Joao has been the main source of goals for the London outfit this season. He boasts six goals and three assists for the campaign, and will be keen to extend those tallies this weekend.
His team-mate Yakou Meite is not far off with four goals, and he will also be eager to impress in the final third.
Joao can be backed at 8/1 to open the scoring, with Meite available at 17/2.
Attacker Arnaud Danjuma meanwhile has been Bournemouth’s main man going forward.
The winger has four goals for the season, and is currently 11/2 to score the opening goal of the game.