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Reading were one of the high-flyers in last season's Championship campaign with the Royals making it through to the play-offs at the end of the season, however they have this far failed to emulate this relative success in 2017/18 and Jaap Stam's side sit firmly in the bottom half of the league table with a mere five points separating them from the bottom three.
Reading's results make for pretty dismal reading and while they enjoyed a relatively straightforward 3-0 win over Stevenage in the midweek FA Cup third-round replay, they have struggled in their Championship campaign and head into this weekend's clash with Brentford on the back of a less-than-impressive run which has seen them fail to win any of their last seven league matches, the side losing at home to the likes of Burton Albion and Birmingham City during that time.
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Reading really need an all-out prolific goalscorer and in this regard Jaap Stam has a few names in the hat, however this will be of little help this coming weekend and we don't really fancy the home side's chances of managing anything from this match.
Visitors Brentford haven't exactly been having things all their own way this season although they remain in the top-half of the Championship table following what has been a mixed-bag of results thus far. The Bees have enjoyed some decent results of late and while a 3-0 thrashing at Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this month was no huge shock, this defeat came in the midst of an otherwise excellent league run with wins over Norwich City (1-2), Aston Villa (2-1), Sheffield Wednesday (2-0) and Bolton Wanderers (2-0). Indeed while Brentford have been pretty hit-and-miss on their travels this term, they should have enough about them to edge past a Reading side which have been unimpressive in front of their home fans and we'll be backing an away win on Saturday afternoon at odds of 5/4 with William Hill Free Bets
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