Even a win at Derby might not save Reading

Last updated : 07 May 2008 By Angus Muller
A return of just 2 points from the last 18 available has dropped Reading into the relegation zone and taken survival out of their own hands.

What's also alarming is that in those 6 games Reading haven't scored a single goal. Now to survive Reading must do better that Fulham and be no worse than Birmingham on the final day.

There are several scenario's. Reading of course must look to beat already relegated Derby. Defeat at Pride Park would guarantee relegation for Reading. A draw is good for Reading only if Fulham lose and Birmingham fail to win. A Reading win would relegate Birmingham City whatever they do against Blackburn. But it would only save the Royals if Fulham fail to win at Portsmouth.

A Fulham win and a Reading win would still see Reading going down unless they can score 6 more goals than Fulham do.

The league table. With one game to go

1Manchester United 37171147795431152665782284+56
2Chelsea 3712603512133329132593642584+39
3Arsenal 3714503711963362023113733180+42
4Liverpool 3712614313873221520134652873+37
5Everton 3710443116847211618811523262+20
6Aston Villa 37103634226843527161110694959+20
7Blackburn Rovers 378742619765232515139494458+5
8Portsmouth 377832413919242616912483957+9
9Manchester City 37114428204681625151012444555-1
10West Ham United 3776522226310182613915404848-8
11Tottenham Hotspur 3785546323882027111313665946+7
12Newcastle United 37856252635101936111016446243-18
13Wigan Athletic 37855211525121334101017344940-15
14Middlesbrough 376571922379163091216355239-17
15Sunderland 3793623202314133811620365839-22
16Bolton Wanderers 377572318241212359919355336-18
17Fulham 375592231279152971218376033-23
18Reading 378291925141318419622376633-29
19Birmingham City 3758526222314163971119426132-19
20[R] Derby County 371512123903168461828208511-65