Reading have had a tough start to life back in the Premier League and have only managed one victory this campaign.
With the top flight being so demanding, it could be a long season for them and here are to top five reasons why they will be heading down.
#1 – Defending
You cannot afford to be scoring three or four goals on your home soil and still lose matches. That is a sign of a team that is going down.
They have kept just one clean sheet in the Premier League this season, which was a 0-0 at home to Norwich City.
The one thing you have to pride yourselves on is being tough to beat when you are at the bottom, and Reading are certainly not that at the moment.
#2 – Form
Five straight defeats is a real worry, especially when they have been in winning positions in this run and then thrown it away.
Losing is a habit and not one that you want to get in too. It is difficult to see where the next win is coming from and if Reading don’t manage a victory or two in this Christmas period, it could be all but over for them.
#3 – West Ham United and Southampton
These are the two teams that the Royals came up from the Championship with, and they look to be in better shape them.
West Ham seem to already be safe and although Southampton are likely to be in a relegation battle, they have that touch of quality needed and have tightened things up at the back.
As we have seen a number of times, winning the Championship isn’t always the best thing.
#4 – Pavel Pogrebnyak
The Russian came to the Madjeski stadium in the summer and many Reading fans thought that he would score the goals to keep them up this season.
However, he has netted just twice in the league and has been starting on the bench recently. Pogrebnyak did not come cheaply either, and Brian McDermott might be wondering if his cash could have been put to better use in the summer.
#5 – Festive Season
Reading’s next five games in the Premier League see them go up against Arsenal, Manchester City, Swansea City, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur. It does not get much tougher than that.
Make no doubt about it – they need to try and beat one of the league’s big boys, as well as picking up points against Swansea and West Ham.
Reading can of course stay up, but it is tough to find three worse teams in the Premier League than them right now.