Brentford continues their bid for an automatic position in the Championship this weekend as they travel to Reading. The match schedules for Wednesday at Madejski Stadium with a kickoff at 10 pm.
While the visitors occupy the second position in the league, the Royals are only six points behind the division’s form.
Brentford is building a reputation of late replies witnessed in their games against Wycombe Wanderers and Bristol City. A slow start against Middlesbrough almost ended their unbeaten streak in the Championship.
On the other hand, the Bees were in a difficult position to overturn an early deficit at the Riverside Stadium to prevail by a 4-1 scoreline, thus making it 20 matches without a defeat in the second tier.
The Northeast’s win comes barely 24 hours after leaders Norwich City lost 2-0 to Swansea City. Only two points currently separate second and third in the Championship table. Thomas Flank insists on taking one game at a time. However, he has eyes on a bigger picture, especially with their next opponent’s likely contenders for the four-horse race.
Ivan Toney increased his impressive season in the Championship with a brace to 22 goals from 27 appearances. Lucas Joao has been the attacking sense for Reading with 15 goals from 21 outings. However, the Royals suffer from goalless draws in the Championship.
Reading vs. Brentford Head to Head
Both sides have 13 games against each other, with Reading takes home three wins while Brentford has eight wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Stoke City 0-0 Reading
Reading 3-1 Bournemouth
Preston North End 0-0 Reading
Reading 3-0 Coventry City
Luton Town 1-0 Reading
Middlesbrough 1-4 Brentford
Brentford 3-2 Bristol City
Brentford 7-2 Wycombe Wanderers
Swansea City 1-1 Brentford
Brentford 1-3 Leicester City
Reading Team News
Pauvonic might decide to give Yakou Meite a recall into the side after making an impact during their goalless draw with Stoke City. It remains a last-minute decision given the strike is coming back from injury, thus makes more sense for John Swift to start.
Brentford Team News
Bryan Mbeumo is pushing for a recall into the starting XI after coming from an injury with an assist against Middlesbrough. The Frenchman might step in to replace either Tariqe Fosu-Henry or Sergi Canos.
Prediction and Odds
Both managers will cherish getting an extra day of recovery, but Brentford’s form is unassailable at the moment.
Goals Under 2.5
Ivan Toney to Score