Latest projections believe that 47 points will be the magic number to Championship survival this year, higher than the average of the last decade.

Currently sat on 38 points after 29 fixtures, boss Paul Ince has repeatedly hammered home the need to reach 50 points- and this is looking a wise prediction.

On average since 2013, the team sat 21st- directly above the bottom three- have accumulated 44.8 points.

This year, according to FiveThirtyEight, Cardiff City will survive, on goal difference, with 47 points.

Reading Chronicle:

Blackpool, Huddersfield Town and Wigan Athletic are the three currently tipped to go down.

The Royals are predicted to finish 15th with 59 points, more than 10 points clear of the drop.

Despite much talk surrounding leaders Burnley and their ability to surpass Reading's 106 point record set in 2006, the latest predictions have them on 95 points, eight clear of Sheffield United in second.

The current survival threshold of 44.8 is still six points higher than the 38 Reading stayed up on last year, although two teams received points deductions.

55 in the highest anyone has needed to survive in the last decade, with Peterborough United relegated on an incredible 54 points in 2013.