Reading host Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening knowing that if they better West Ham’s result at Bristol City they will secure promotion back to the Premier League.
The home side have won 14 of their last 16 fixtures, including their last seven in front of their own fans.
Their last defeat at the Madejski Stadium came at the hands of Hull City back in January, a result which, at the time, left Brian McDermott’s men a point outside of the play-offs.
However, a run which has seen them take 43 points from the last 48 available has sent the Royals soaring to pole position in the Championship.
With just three games remaining, they are now odds-on favourites to secure the title at 1/5.
You can get odds of 3/5 for them to win this game in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with the draw priced at 14/5. The visitors are, unsurprisingly, massive outsiders at 17/4.
Having said that, Forest also have it all to play for. Despite only losing once in their last seven, the Reds still aren’t certain of securing their Championship status for next season.
Steve Cotterill’s men just have to better Coventry City’s result against Millwall to be free from any worries of relegation.
No team has conceded fewer goals in the last eight games than Forest, though only West Ham United have scored more than Reading in that time.
With the stakes so high for both teams, you might be tempted to back the game to start slowly.
You can get odds of 2/1 for there to be no goals in the first half. Punters who use their free £25 bet after registering with bwin will see a return of £75 if the score is 0-0 after 45 minutes.
A solitary Marcus Tudgay goal was enough to win the match back in November, so there is previous for these two teams serving up a low-scoring encounter.
There was just one point between them prior to that meeting, but if Reading get the win here, that gap will stand at an incredible 41 points.
Recommended bet: Reading and Forest to be drawing 0-0 at HT @ 2/1
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