Reading host Nottingham Forest this weekend on the back of four consecutive victories in the Championship.

Sabri Lamouchi's side currently sit in fourth position in the league, three points above seventh placed Millwall with a game in hand.

We spoke to Forest fan Martyn Earl, who gave us the lowdown on Reading's next opponents.

Could this be the year Forest finally get back to the Premier League?

It certainly represents the best chance we have had for quite some time. Beyond Leeds and West Brom the league is wide open.

With some smart investment in forward areas this January, to add to the solid squad we already have, we should be in the mix for a play-off spot and then who knows!

In which areas have Forest been strong this year?

We have been very strong defensively this season, starting with the Brice Samba in goal who has proved to be a superb late summer signing.

He brings a great calmness to what as been a very solid defence regardless of which four are in front of him.

Joe Worrall has been an ever present following his loan spell at Rangers last season and Matty Cash has been a revelation as right back, defends well and loves to get forward.

Who is the danger man for Reading to look out for?

Joe Lolley has begun to rediscover his form that saw his be one of the standout players for Forest last season and one of the best in the division.

Forest have been excellent away from home, they like to sit in and hit sides on the break. Lolley is key to this with his dribbling ability and knack of scoring a goal out of nothing.

What have you made of Readings upswing in fortunes in recent weeks?

It is certainly not the best time to be playing Reading! As the form team in the league this is going to be a tough test for Forest as confidence is rightly high with the Royals.

Mark Bowen has clearly steadied the ship and got Reading challenging again following his controversial appointment mid-season.

What’s your score prediction?

Given Reading’s upturn in form and Forest’s away record, I’m going to predict 1-1 and a solid away point for the Reds.

We don’t have the best record at the Madejski, but Forest will fancy themselves given the positive away performances we’ve had this season.

As both teams like to counterattack it will be interesting to see how the game plays out.