A few weeks ago, you would have given either team a fighting chance of scrambling out of trouble, although Nigel Adkins took over a sinking ship when replacing Brian McDermott, while Harry Redknapp probably feels the same after trying to recover a dire situation left by Mark Hughes.
The net result is that both Reading and QPR have 24 points from 34 games played, with the sides having played out a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road back in November and it’s perfectly possible that this match will end all square too.
Bet365 offer 5/2 about the teams ending with a point apiece, with Adkins and Redknapp already looking ahead to the summer and working out which players they want to keep in the squad and which will be put up for sale.
Rangers have the bigger financial dilemma considering owner Tony Fernandes certainly hasn’t budgeted for the prospect of relegation and it means that the likes of Loic Remy, Christopher Samba and Jose Bosingwa will all be allowed to leave the club.
The visitors are a 15/8 shot with bet365 to claim victory on Sunday afternoon and their first XI on paper looks pretty decent when you consider that Remy was an £8 million signing from Marseille, while most of the squad are earning bigger money than the highest-earner at the Madejski Stadium.
Remy hasn’t gone more than two games without a goal since arriving in January and the Frenchman is an 11/2 shot with Coral to score first on Sunday, with the Hoops having failed to find the net since the striker scored a wonder goal against Wigan three weeks ago.
As for Reading, their cause is equally as hopeless although the Royals sensibly budgeted for the prospect of going back down again, with former manager McDermott not spending a lot of money on reinforcements after winning the Championship last term.
Nigel Adkins will hope to enjoy his first win as Reading manager this weekend and bring an end to a ten-game run without a victory and nine of those have ended in defeat. Perhaps they might oblige against a group of players who will be looking elsewhere this summer and bet365 go 31/20 about a home win.
Adam Le Fondre has made the news this week with talk about leaving the Berkshire club and his game time has been limited, despite making an impact as a sub on regular occasions. The striker is 7/1 with Sky Bet to break the deadlock in this match and show his manager that he can lead the line in the Championship next term.