Just one point and one place in the table separates Brentford and Reading when they meet at Brentford Community Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Bees sit sixth in the current standings on 32 points from 19 games, with Reading sitting fifth on 33 – here’s how to watch Brentford v Reading live stream today.
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Despite their positions in the table, it is Brentford are the in-form side going into the match. They are on a fantastic 12-game unbeaten run, last losing to Stoke almost two months ago.
Brentford v Reading Form Guide
They boast three wins and three draws from their last six, scoring ten goals and conceding just five. One of those draws was on Wednesday evening, where Thomas Frank’s men played out a 1-1 stalemate with third-placed Watford.
Veteran striker Troy Deeney put the hosts ahead from the spot on the hour mark, with Brentford’s Ethan Pinnock seeing red. But the league’s leading scorer Ivan Toney was on hand to level things up.
The former Newcastle man netted from the spot to score his 16th goal in his 19th Championship match this season. He now stands one clear at the top of the standings, with Blackburn’s Adam Armstrong on 15 for the campaign.
Reading meanwhile also have three wins in their last six, but go into the game with two losses in their last three.
One of those defeats came on Wednesday evening, with league leaders Norwich edging past the Royals 2-1. Michael Olise’s second goal in as many games wasn’t enough as Emi Buendia and Teemu Pukki netted for the Canaries.
Veljko Paunović’s men will, therefore, be keen to bounce back with all three points on Saturday.
Reading can be backed at 23/5 to do just that.
But the hosts remain favourites at 3/4 to continue their unstoppable run with another win.
A draw has been given odds of 11/4.
If recent history is anything to go by, then Frank’s outfit will certainly like their chances of clinching a win. They defeated the Royals on both occasions last season.
The recently-departed Ollie Watkins scored the winner in the 1-0 home win, with Bryan Mbeumo, Josh Dasilva and Joel Valencia all scoring in the 3-0 away victory.
Toney can be backed at 3/1 to net first on Saturday, with Reading’s Lucas Joao available at 15/2.