Although Reading have tightened up in defence and been more competitive across the pitch in the last month, they remain deep in trouble.
West Brom are twenty points better off than Saturday’s opponents, although a run of two wins in their last eight matches have damaged their top six ambitions.
Reading’s chances in this match could well depend on how well they handle Romelu Lukaku, with the Belgian striker proving a handful for many a Premier League defence this season and scoring seven goals.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS...
West Brom 1 (Lukaku) Reading 0, Premier League, September 2012
Reading 1 (Long) West Brom 0, FA Cup, January 2011
Reading 1 (Sigurdsson) West Brom 1 (Tamas), Championship, March 2010
This is only the second meeting between these teams in the Premier League, the first being in September.
Overall, West Brom have won 18 games against Reading, Reading have 11 wins and there have been 9 draws.
Reading have lost eight of their last 10 league games.
This season, Reading have won two of their 10 home league games and West Brom have won three of 10 away matches.
Reading to win: 3.05
West Brom to win: 2.54
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm.