For the final time for the 2020/21 season, the Royals turn out on home soil in RG2, looking to end a demanding campaign on a high, with victory over Saturday's visitors, Huddersfield Town.
Carlos Corberan's Terriers travel to the Madejski with little to play for on the final day, but like the Royals they'll be eager to take a final three points with them into the summer break.
Victory over Town for Reading would help in securing a seventh-placed finish for Veljko Paunovic's men who would in turn reach the 72-point mark.
How to watch
Saturday's season finale against the The Terriers is available for supporters to watch via iFollow.
Royals supporters can grab their Match Pass to watch proceedings unfold, by clicking here ahead of our 12.30pm kick-off.
A former-assistant to Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, Corberan has been at the John Smith Stadium almost a year now, having arrived prior to the season beginning in July. The spaniard has steered the Terriers narrowly clear of relegation, with them sitting 20th, seven points above the drop with one to play.
The 38-year-old Head Coach had only previously managed as a number one in Cyprus, and he's had a relatively tricky first season as a boss in England. Corberan had won the Championship alongside Bielsa at Elland Road last season, but opted to remain in the division across Yorkshire with Huddersfield.
The Terriers have just one win from their previous nine outings, and last time out were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Coventry City, who have now also secured their survival.
Huddersfield's last win came in mid-April as they edged past Nottingham Forest with a 2-0 win at the City Ground courtesy of goals from Aaron Rowe and Juninho Bacuna, brother of former Royal, Leandro.
One to watch: Lewis O'Brien
Possibly Town's best home-grown talent of recent times, O'Brien has established himself as a key figure within Corberan's side, playing his part in 41 games this season for his hometown club.
The Colchester-born 22-year-old has been with the Terriers since joining their Academy at under-11 level, since then he has risen to represent their first team on over 80 occasions, being crowned Academy Player of the Year, and more recently their Player of the Year in the process.
Prior to breaking through to the first eleven, O'Brien enjoyed a loan spell away from the John Smith's Stadium with fellow Yorkshire outfit Bradford City, where during the 2018-19 season he made 40 appearances and scored four goals in League One with the Bantams.
This season, the left-footed midfielder who is capable to play both in the middle and out wide, has found the net on three occasions, notching against Brentford, Swansea City and Millwall.
The Royals are unbeaten in their last three meetings with Huddersfield, dating back to May 2017.
Since then we've been twice victorious in West Yorkshire, and earnt a point at home back in July 2020. Our last meeting with Town was an enjoyable one for Lucas Joao, who with the Royals 1-0 down after 52 minutes, produced an inspired display to score two well-taken goals in the space of 13 minutes. As a result, firing us to three points in the reverse fixture.
There have been a total of 54 meetings between the teams, which goes back to our first clash back in October 1975. Reading have won almost half of these, with 26 victories and 12 draws.
Jarred Gillett will be the man taking charge of his first Reading game of the season, on our final matchday of the campaign.
Gillett last took charge of a Royals fixture back in February 2020, when he was the man in the middle for a 1-0 defeat to Leeds United at Elland Road.
Paul Hodskinson and Philip Dermott will be Gillett's assistants in Berkshire, while Gavin Ward will act as the fourth official on this occasion.
During his 30 league games to date, Gillett has brandished 95 yellow cards and two additional red cards.
Notes from STAR
Supporters' Trust at Reading have put together their 'programme notes' ahead of the game, which you can access by clicking here.
It is vitally important that fans stay at home in order to stay safe and do not congregate at stadiums. With aspirations of a full return of fans from the start of next season, any disruption or crowd issues will not be helpful to that objective.
The pandemic isn’t over – we must all continue to do our bit to adhere to Government guidance and ensure the transmission rate remains low.
The EFL and its Clubs have stringent protocols in place and are committed to doing our bit to keep the nation safe as we seek a full return of fans.
Remember, as Royals fans you can still follow the conclusion of our campaign this weekend from the safety of your home - all the action against Huddersfield Town on Saturday will unfold live on iFollow.
We can’t wait to see you all again soon – but for now it’s important that when we play, please stay away.