Reading v QPR tips – Back Royals to keep pressure Championship leaders
Reading will be eager to keep the pressure on the Championship top-two by beating QPR on Thursday evening
January 3rd, 2017
Until recently it was looking ‘nailed-on’ that Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion would be enjoying automatic promotion to the Premier League and while this could still prove to be the case, they will be made to fight all the way by the chasing pack.
Reading sit just six points behind second-placed Newcastle United as things stand and with the Royals enjoying a game-in-hand, that gap could be narrowed to just three points on Thursday evening.
The season has now moved past the half-way mark and it is becoming slightly clearer who will be amongst the main promotion contenders and who will be battling against the drop towards the end of the campaign. Reading find themselves in a very strong position heading into Thursday evening’s encounter and a home win against QPR would go a long way towards helping them achieve their ambition of finishing in the top-two. This isn’t beyond Jaap Stam’s side and should either Brighton or Newcastle slip-up at some point, then we fancy Reading to take full advantage.
Queens Park Rangers may not have been at their most impressive this season but they look to be turning a corner under the guidance of Ian Holloway. They flirted dangerously with the relegation zone at one point but back-to-back wins against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ipswich Town have strengthened their cause no end and they will cause Reading no end of problems at the Madejski Stadium.
This should prove to be a closely-fought match. Reading may sit some seventeen points behind QPR in the Championship table but the west London side have shown considerable improvement of late and will take the game to the home side. Indeed Reading have proven to be pretty lacklustre in defence as demonstrated in their 5-0 thrashing to Fulham last month although at home they have been solid with just one defeat and seven wins in their last ten matches at the Madejski. As such, we find it hard to make a case for the visitors and whilst we expect QPR to get onto the goalsheet at some point, it will be the Royals who will be enjoying the three points on Thursday evening.