Unbeaten in the last 2 rounds, Reading is showing efforts to get rid of the pressure from the group holding the red light. The next game, coach Veljko Paunović and his team will have a welcome to Sheffield Utd at Select Car Leasing. Against an opponent who is in decline, the hope of scoring is wide open with Reading.
Defender Scott Dann's only goal in the second half helped Reading hold Nottingham in a lead at home. Not long ago, coach Veljko Paunović and his students beat Birmingham 2-1 despite having to be a guest. Bringing back 4 points in the last 2 rounds, but it cannot be said that Reading is playing well. The proof is that the last 6 outings they received 4 defeats, counting the last 3 home matches Reading did not win (draw 1, lose 2).
From the beginning of the season, Reading won 7, drew 2 and lost 9 through 18 rounds. Currently, the home team Select Car Leasing is in 20th place in the table with 17 points. They received a penalty of -6 points from the English football federation for financial violations. Therefore, Reading is only 2 points above the relegation group and the risk of being pushed down to the dangerous area is still very large. The biggest reason why Reading did not get a high ranking lies in the defense. When their goalkeeper has had 29 times to pick up the ball since the beginning of the tournament, the achievement is only better than Peterborough.
After being relegated from the Premier League, the away team Sheffield Utd continued to show a weak performance at the English Premier League playground. From being a bright candidate for a ticket to return to the most prestigious arena of football in the fog, at this time Sheffield Utd is struggling in the relegation battle. The last round they let Coventry draw 0-0 at home. Thus, the last 4 outings Sheffield Utd were unbeaten (draw 2, lost 2). After a total of 18 rounds, Sheffield Utd won 5, drew 5 and lost 8.
With only 20 points brought back, the away team is in 17th place in the table. Although not under too much pressure from the group holding the red light, however, Sheffield Utd does not have many opportunities to compete for the promotion play-off ticket. Away is not Sheffield Utd's strength, when the last 5 trips away from home they only won 1 and lost 3. In terms of head-to-head record, Sheffield Utd completely overwhelmed Reading when they won all 4 the last clash at the Championship playground.