This (below) is how the Championship form table looks ahead of Reading v Newcastle.
Newcastle United’s excellent victory at Huddersfield has seen them overtake the West Yorkshire promotion rival in terms of recent form, as well as moving 11 points clear of the third placed club.
That win means Newcastle have now picked up 14 points from their last 18, with interestingly Fulham next highest with 13 points – the two teams meeting at St James Park on Saturday.
Huddersfield are now third in this form table and Brighton drop to eighth – in fact Chris Hughton’s team are really struggling now with recent results, their last eight Championship matches showing only three wins and 11 points from a possible 24.
In contrast, Newcastle have run into form at the perfect time and are undefeated in 10, picking up 24 points from a possible 30, with seven wins and three draws. A run that goes back nine weeks to the away defeat at Blackburn, when the home side scored with their only effort on target.
As for Tuesday night’s opponents, Reading have only eight points from their last 18 with defeats to both Brighton and Huddersfield. For a long time Jaap Stam’s team looked as though they could be the main challengers to Brighton and Newcastle but have run out of a bit of steam – but now 13 points adrift of Newcastle and eight behind Brighton.
Brighton are at rock bottom Rotherham (bottom of Championship and this form table) on Tuesday night and if they get anything but a win, the likes of Huddersfield, Leeds and Reading could all begin to think they have a chance – if they win their own midweek fixtures.
Championship form table over the past six matches:
Reading’s last six results with latest one listed first;
Reading 2 Wolves 1
Brighton 3 Reading 0
Huddersfield 1 Reading 0
Reading 3 Brentford 2
Reading 0 Barnsley 0
Ipswich 2 Reading 2
Newcastle’s last six results also listed with the latest result first;
Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 2
Brighton 1 Newcastle 2
Newcastle 2 Villa 0
Norwich 2 Newcastle 2
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