The Championship continues with Bet365 announcing Reading v QPR & Leicester v Nottingham Forest live streaming available through their website today.
After a flying start to life in the Championship under Harry Redknapp Queens Park Rangers have stuttered a bit of late, winning just one of their last four against Derby last weekend to arrest a slide that saw them surrender the impetus to top the league to Burnley with a 2-0 loss at Turf Moor.
Reading too have watched the early promise, which saw them start the season with a six game unbeaten run containing four wins, fade away in recent weeks with their own loss to Burnley and last weekend’s humiliating 5-2 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
A win here would see QPR return to the top of the table at least until the three o’clock results there is little in the form book to make either side a heavy favourite but with Reading scoring 22 and conceding 17 so far to the R’s 16 and 7 respectively it looks likely to be a game of goals.
Burnley is the Londoner’s only loss in ten but they remain capable of dropping points against lesser opposition as was seen in the draws against Millwall and Brighton, with Nigel Adkins reading his players the riot act after the loss to Wednesday a response from the Royals is expected.
“We won’t be brushing it under the carpet, there are things there to be addressed and that starts Monday,” he said after the loss.
“We’ll analyse it properly which is the best way forward – sometimes you can say things in the heat of the moment which are wrong.”
The message seems to have been received and midfielder Chris Baird has said that they won’t behind the fact Rangers have a bigger budget when kick off comes.
“They’ve got a great squad, but so have we. And we’re at home and we haven’t been beaten at home yet so it’s down to us and what we’re going to do. We’re not going to worry too much about them,” he said.
“It’s going to be a difficult game but we’ll go into it looking to get three points. It’s about what we do on the day and that’s what I’ll be looking forward to. We know they’re a big threat and they’re going well, but so are we so hopefully come Saturday we can go out and put in a better performance than we did last weekend and get the right result.”
The home side could be boosted by the return of Wayne Bridge, Billy Sharp and Danny Williams to their squad while Redknapp will have to continue without Nedum Onuoha, Niko Kranjcar, Tom Carroll and and Bobby Zamora from his line up.