For our Reading vs. Blackpool prediction, we're going for a 2-1 win for the home side.
Two sides in need of a win meet in the Championship this weekend as Reading host Blackpool.
Reading currently sit 16th in the Championship with twelve wins, five draws and fifteen losses from thirty-two games this season.
The Royals' season has, almost predictably, petered out into insignificance after a fast start that had them looking like automatic promotion contenders in the early weeks of the season as they now languish in the bottom half of the table with their form leaving much to be desired.
They enter this game having won one, drawn one and lost three of their last five matches both in the league and in all competitions, the most recent of which was a damning 1-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Cardiff City.
The defeat in Wales was a really deflating one for Reading, with Cardiff currently one place outside of the relegation zone.
Reading are ten points clear of the relegation zone themselves meaning relegation is not yet a major concern, but were it not for their excellent start things would be very different because as of now The Royals are not a functional side.
Their home form is still quite impressive, though, having won three and drawn two of their last five league games on home soil. They will, then, very much be expecting to beat a greatly struggling Blackpool side on their own patch as they search for a sorely-needed win here.
Blackpool currently sit 23rd in the Championship with seven wins, ten draws and sixteen losses from thirty-three games this season.
After a fairly solid start The Tangerines have found this campaign extremely difficult as they now sit odds on to return to League One with just thirteen games of the season remaining.
They enter this game amidst a typically poor run of form having won one, drawn two and lost two of their last five matches, the most recent of which was a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers.
Now under the guidance of veteran manager Mick McCarthy, Blackpool's performances have improved since his appointment and as they sit just four points shy of safety there will be some quiet optimism that they can still avoid the drop.
Their away form is utterly dismal though, with The Seasiders losing each of their last five consecutive matches on the road.
Blackpool did actually beat reading 1-0 when the two sides locked horns in the league back in July, and while they've declined since then their opponents have too so they can take some confidence from their earlier win.
Unfortunately, though, The Tangerines' abysmal away form combined with Reading's solid home form forecasts a grey outlook for Mick McCarthy and co this weekend.