The Premier League is coming to an end and the destiny of all 20 clubs is beginning to take shape.
The teams that come up from the Championship often find it difficult to cope at this level. Reading fall into that category. They have had a difficult time coming back in the Premier League and their lack of transfer activity meant they were forced to rely on the players that brought them up from the second tier.
The Royals have recently had a change in regime, with fans favourite Brian McDermott replaced by Adkins, but is this enough to save them from the dreaded drop?
Here is a list of their remaining fixtures, and an analysis of whether they can survive relegation.
Man City (Home)
West Ham (Away)
Why they will survive
They have a new manager at the helm which can help galvanise the squad in the short term. They also are in a very bad position and teams sometimes find it easier to cope with the pressure when nobody gives them a chance. They also have some games against teams that have nothing much left to play for which can be an advantage at this point of the season.
Why they will go down
They are sitting rock both of the table, eight points from safety with seven games to play. This means that they could require a mammoth fifteen points from their remaining games. Their form has been dreadful for quite some time and anything more than seven points would be considered an achievement.