Second-placed Watford take on sixth in the table Reading at Vicarage Road on Friday night in what is a crucial game for both sides. The Hornets can open up a 12 point gap on third place Brentford before Saturday’s fixtures if they win, whilst Reading need to win to keep up their play-off ambitions.
The Hornets come into this game having won four out of their last five matches in the league, following Monday’s disappointing 1-1 draw away at Middlesbrough where Yannick Bolasie cancelled out Ismaila Sarr’s opener. Prior to this Xisco Munoz’s side had beaten the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham City, Rotherham United and Cardiff City.
Reading are just one point above seventh-placed Bournemouth, following their 3-1 win at home to Derby County on Easter Monday, thanks to goals from Michael Olise, George Puscas and Lucas Joao. This victory ended a run of four games without a win for Veljko Paunović, having failed to beat Barnsley, QPR, Birmingham and Nottingham Forest.
Prediction: Watford 2 – 1 Reading 7/1