Preview: Peterborough United vs. Reading 

Preview: Peterborough United vs. Reading 

Two teams fighting against relegation in the Championship will meet on Wednesday in what is a true six-pointer, with Peterborough United hosting Reading at the ABAX Stadium.

The Posh have the opportunity to climb out of the bottom three with a victory, as it would see them leapfrog their opponents, placing real pressure on both teams.

Peterborough United have endured a difficult season so far, winning only five of their 29 matches so far, which is why they sit inside the relegation zone right now.

The squad have lost consecutive games heading into this fixtures, with Preston North End picking up a late victory against them on Saturday with an 80th-minute goal from Cameron Archer being enough to separate the teams.

That followed a 4-0 loss against Cardiff City, which highlights a big problem the Posh have been dealing with, which is their defensive abilities, having conceded 60 goals already this season.

Reading have let in the same number though, with both squads struggling to keep the ball out of their nets, which could lead for a high-scoring game on Wednesday.

That was the case when they met last time, but all four of the goals took place in the final 25 minutes, with the Royals taking all the points after a 3-1 win.

This is something that Reading will be hoping to repeat, especially since Peterborough have the chance to overtake them in the league table with a victory in midweek.

However, Veljko Paunovic will also be aware that they have the opportunity to push away from the bottom three with a win themselves, as they would extend the gap to five points.

The Royals are without a victory in 11 games, with the last time they gained three points being back in November when the squad faced Swansea City, which has seen them slump into this position.

Reading were close to gaining a result at the weekend when they faced Coventry City, in what was a five-goal thriller, but the goals from Lucas Joao and Andy Yiadom were not enough as Ian Maatsen’s 65th-minute strike seeing them win 3-2.

Junior Hoilett was also sent off within that match, adding insult to injury for the club, and they will now be looking to bounce back and fight in this crucial fixture.

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We say: Peterborough United 1-2 Reading
This match is a crucial one for both teams due to how close they are in the league table, with the winner being able to sit outside of the relegation zone.

Neither squad is in good form, which is expected due to their positions, but Reading could just sneak this one due to their ability in front of goal.

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