After what has been a pulsating week of Championship action, it continues once more this weekend with matchday 20 as we approach the halfway mark of the 2018/19 campaign.
As always after the international break, the fixtures come thick and fast, and that is even more applicable now with the festive period approaching.
We are on the cusp of December and a busy month ahead for teams up and down the country and the first stop on a fast-paced voyage to the New Year is this weekend when Stoke City travel to the Madejski Stadium to take on a faltering Reading side.
Gary Rowett’s men will be heading to Berkshire full of confidence after an impressive win over Derby in midweek, and a win could see them move within three points of the play-offs.
Paul Clement’s side, meanwhile, are outside the bottom three on goal difference and will need all three points to try and distinguish a small gap between them and their other relegation rivals.
Ahead of the match, Sky Sports enlisted the help of ex-professional-turned-pundit, David Prutton, to try and predict the outcome of the clash.
The EFL presenter said: “Reading will have been gutted not to have come away from Leeds with a point on Tuesday night, especially after that late penalty save.
“Stoke have drawn too many games lately but still seem to be building a little bit of momentum, and that win over Derby with ten men on Wednesday night was absolutely massive.
“I reckon it will be another three points for them at the Madejski. 1-3.”
It might be little naive to think this match is a foregone conclusion, but there is surely only one winner, right?
Stoke City are coming off the back of an impressive win over Derby County in midweek so they will have their tails up – but will need to remain professional and not be overconfident against the lowly Royals.
Conversely, Reading played well and lost against Leeds, which including a last-minute penalty save to deny them a point.
That was frustrating considering the effort put in and that may have taken a lot out of them ahead of tomorrow’s match.
The Potters will win this; I can’t see a scenario where Paul Clement’s side get three points.