Here's our weekly look into what the bookmakers are saying about Reading Football Club.
Monday's disappointing 3-2 defeat against Sheffield United officially ended our automatic promotion hopes, but the Royals are still in with a fantastic chance of the play-offs, needing a dramatic set of results to deny them a top six finish. So how do the bookies rate our chances of making it back to the Premier league through the play-offs?
Championship - Promotion Odds: (Source - Oddschecker 29/04/11)
TODAY LAST WEEK TWO WEEKS AGO
QPR 1/200 1/200 1/200
NORWICH 4/9 4/6 5/4
CARDIFF 10/11 5/6 EVS
READING 13/5 7/4 2/1
SWANSEA 11/4 11/4 6/4
NOTTINGHAM FOREST 9/2 10/1 8/1
BURNLEY 16/1 20/1 50/1
LEEDS 24/1 8/1 13/2
KEY: ODDS SHORTENING ODDS LENGTHENING
So with automatic promotion out of the question our odds have taken a hit, with the bookies rating us as a 13/5 shot to come through the play-offs and win promotion.
The bookies have QPR all but up with the best price you can get on them winning promotion 1/200. Norwich are now 4/9 to win promotion with the bookies making them big favourites to go up, with Cardiff just better then evens. Out of the other likely play-off sides Forest have seen their odds slashed to just 9/2 with Leeds the big loser over the last week, seeing their odds lengthen by around 300%.
In terms of making the play-offs, the bookies have stopped taking bets on us, none apparently worried of any dramatic slip ups.
Down at the bottom despite their win at the Madejski Sheffield United are 200/1 ON to be relegated, with Scunthorpe 500/1 ON to join Preston in League One next season.
The bookies have also ruled out Shane finishing as top goalscorer, with the Irishman three goals behind Danny Graham with two games remaining.