The Royals host Portsmouth on Saturday, with the hosts adopting the underdog status. The form of each side completely differs, yet the tie should be an intriguing watch.
Ruben Selles' sides winless League One streak extended to six games this week, as they suffered a 2-1 home defeat to 22nd place Fleetwood. The tie mirrored a tennis match from the first whistle, with both clubs able to attack with freedom despite Reading having more of the ball. The two teams had at least 17 shots, at least five of those were on target and at least nine corners.
This result kept Reading in 23rd place in the table after 13 matches and the game highlighted the fact that they are finding it challenging at both ends of the field. The Royals are scoring less than one goal per game on average and they have conceded the joint second most also (21). The only positive is that this weekend's tie is at home, where they have won three out of six this season.
Pompey's run of six straight victories came to an end last time out, as they endured a frustrating evening on the road to Cambridge. The resilient hosts put their body's on the line all match and despite not having the ball for large spells, they maintained full concentration. This ultimately prevented Portsmouth from getting on the scoresheet, even though John Mousinho's side had 18 shots and dominated all game.
A positive that can be taken from the draw, is that Portsmouth are still yet to taste defeat in League One after 14 matches. This is mainly due to the solid defensive foundations that the boss has put in place, which is reflected by the team having the joint most clean sheets (7). Pompey also have the joint fourth highest goal scoring record in the league, with an average of 1.57 per ninety minutes.
The atmosphere within Reading's home ground is rather hostile at the moment and the visitors should look to use that to their own advantage. Portsmouth should dominate the proceedings and if they score first, they should cruise to victory.
The final prediction is Reading 0-2 Portsmouth.