Unbeaten in 19 in the league and vying for an automatic promotion place, Fulham are the in form side in the division and will undoubtedly provide the sternest of tests when the Royals visit Craven Cottage this week.
“As always in the Championship, we move on quickly. And we have to very focussed. We know it's going to be a difficult game and a big game for both teams,” Paul Clement said.
“Similar to the weekend, both teams go into the game needing the points - Preston were pushing for the play-offs especially after Sheffield United lost at Oakwell, and now we go to Fulham who are hunting down second place.
“So it's a big game for them. But it's an important game for us too. Neither team will want a draw - both teams will go into the game looking for a win on Tuesday night.
“You know you're going to a tough place in Craven Cottage, they've got momentum, they've got confidence - but you never know what can happen in football.
“Maybe the pressure, all of a sudden, will be on them - and then, if it is, the question is can we take advantage of that? Our job is to prepare well, prepare for the best of Fulham.
“The gap between us and Barnsley is five but they have a game in hand. And we all know how quickly the situation can change with the games coming along so quickly and points being available to win and lose every week.
“I expect the game to be more fluent, with less direct play on Tuesday night. They play good football and they create good opportunities through flowing football, rotating their positions, athletic players. So it will be a different test.
“We're going to use the next day or two to prepare well for that game. They are the in form team in the Championship with the number of wins they’ve had recently. But we’ll remain focussed and see if we can get another positive result.”