Reading can potentially confirm Championship survival for another season after their match against Hull City on Saturday, even if they lose.

With just three games remaining this season, Paul Ince’s Royals can finish on a potential 50 points.

Current bottom-side Barnsley have a game in hand, but sit 11 points behind the Berkshire club, meaning they have to win all four of their remaining matches and need Reading to lose all of their remaining three.

The Tykes can confirm their relegation ahead of Reading’s trip to Humberside if they fail to win at Huddersfield Town on Friday night.


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The only other club in the relegation-battle is Peterborough United, who have similarly picked up form with just one defeat in their last five.

They currently sit seven points behind Reading having played the same number of games, leaving them with a possible tally of 43.

Sat on 41, a Reading win at the MKM Stadium on Saturday will put the relegation question to bed, with Grant McCann’s side unable to hit 44 points regardless of their results.

A draw for Reading, twinned with a Peterborough win, will keep last season’s League One winners in with a shout coming into the final couple of matches, however two wins and a big goal difference swing will be required.

Their goal difference of -45 is comfortably the worst in the division, predominantly due to their 83 goals conceded, the most in the division- although Reading have conceded 82!


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A 17-goal swing and a three-game winning run is required from the Cambridgeshire-based side- not impossible but certainly incredibly unlikely.

Bournemouth, with three games in hand over third-placed Huddersfield, can take a massive step toward automatic promotion with a win over already-promoted Fulham.


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A win at Craven Cottage will take the Cherries to 80 points, while the Terriers can only reach a maximum of 82 in their final three matches.