Sixth-placed Reading host high-flying Bristol City on Saturday afternoon, with just one point separating the two sides going into the game.
The Robins sit third on 24 points, having won seven of their 13 Championship games this season.
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The Royals have also won seven, and could leapfrog their opponents with a win at the Madejski Stadium.
Veljko Paunović’s side enjoyed a stunning start to the campaign, with their results shooting them to the top of the table. But they have since dropped off in recent weeks, slipping to sixth.
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Moreover, they are now winless in their last five games. That miserable run contains four successive losses, before recovering with a draw at Millwall on Wednesday evening.
They boasted a seven-game unbeaten run before the poor form kicked in.
Bristol meanwhile are unbeaten in four, winning three of those and keeping clean sheets in three.
They go into Saturday’s game on the back of a goalless draw with Watford on Wednesday.
Other results permitting, a win for the hosts would send them into the top three. An away victory meanwhile would put the Robins level with Norwich in first place.
Reading can be backed at 18/11 to come out on top.
Dean Holden’s men have been given odds of 2/1 to leave the Madejski with all three points.
And a draw is currently available at 23/10.
History bodes well for City, who won both meetings last season by a scoreline of 1-0. Famara Diedhiou netted the winner at Ashton Gate in October, with Jamie Paterson scoring in the away win in January.
A third successive 1-0 win for Bristol City has been given odds of 9/1.
Paterson has enjoyed a strong start to this campaign. He has three goals and two assists so far, and can be backed at 9/1 to score first on Saturday.
His team-mate Nakhi Wells also has three goals to his name this time around. He has been given odds of 11/2 to score the opener.
Also available at 11/2 is Reading’s Lucas Joao, who boasts eight league goals this season. Yakou Meite has four, and is currently 6/1 to score the first goal of the game.