Reading are set to take on Swansea city in the playoff final that is thought to be the biggest game of their season. Reading FC can remember what it’s like to be a top flight side, with the Royals having been relegated in 2008 under Steve Coppell, although they have risen from the flames and walloped Cardiff 3-0 in the semi-finals to take a step closer to the big time.

Brian McDermott’s team are even money with bet365 to be promoted on Monday, making them the slight outsiders, with the bookies prepared to offer no bigger than 5/6 (Paddy Power – £100 free betting) about Swansea City.

The Swans are managed by Brendan Rodgers, someone who had an ill-fated spell at Reading when they were first relegated to the Championship in 2009. He lasted just six months at the Berkshire club, although he’s demonstrating that was a blip by steering Swansea to the verge of something magical.

The Welsh side were far too good for Nottingham Forest in the semi-final and they will have their backers at 9/5 (Betfred – £50 free bet) to claim victory in ninety minutes, with City having already beaten Reading twice this term.