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Despite dropping points against Middlesbrough last time out, Watford remain in a very strong position for an immediate return to the Premier League with nine points separating them and faltering Brentford. Along with Norwich, we should expect to see them in the top-flight next season.
Reading were the runaway leaders in the opening months of the season but they now find themselves gripping onto the final play-off spot. They are just a single point ahead of Bournemouth, who hold a game in-hand, and could well find themselves out of the top-six by 5pm on Saturday.
The Hornets are the strongest home side in the division with just two defeats from 20 matches. They are just shy of even money for victory here and look good value to do just that as they push further into the automatic promotion places.
Theconcern for Reading will be the strength of this Watford side at home. They have won their last six at Vicarage Road with five of those games bringing a clean sheet. They have benefitted from the fixture list but remain unbeaten in three games against those currently in the top-five – two of those were wins.
This division has thrown up some remarkable results this week, with Sheffield Wednesday beating Cardiff 5-0 and Norwich hitting seven past Huddersfield, but Watford’s home form has been incredibly consistent this season.
Watford continue their quest for automatic promotion as they welcome Reading to Vicarage Road for a Friday night English Championship clash. They often do their best work at home and should have too much quality for an out of sorts Reading team.
The Hornets were held to a 1-1 draw by Middlesbrough in their previous Championship fixture. They failed to build on Ismaila Sarr’s opener and conceded the equaliser midway through the second half.
It was the first dropped points in six matches for Xisco Munoz’s men, who remain well on course to finishing in the top two. They hold a healthy 10-point lead over the chasing pack in the race for automatic promotion.