Eight games. And Paul Clement is ready for the fight.
"It's eight massive games coming up," he said. "I'll get four training sessions in before the first game against Queens Park Rangers, which could be worse, could be better.
"I remember my first game at Swansea. It was literally the day of a game when I joined and we got a positive result that day.
"So I've got four good training days now to get the team prepared for Queens Park Rangers.
"In the Championship, there's such a fine margin between winning and losing games, particularly for Reading this season - games have been decided by the odd goal and sometimes it's about confidence or getting that winning habit back.
"Just getting a win sometimes can be the catalyst to improving performances and getting a good run of results.
"I remember my first five games as manager of Derby County in the Championship, we drew four and lost one and we were in 19th position, but then we went the next 19 games and only lost one game - and we were top of the table.
"So that momentum and getting that winning feeling back can be very important.
"Even though we've got some players away with their countries who'll be coming back in dribs and drabs during the week, you've still got a full week ahead of that game next Friday.
"That gives us time to work with the players and gives us a chance to get to know them, really plan for those last eight games which are going to be very important for us.
"And there's no more important game than the next one against Queens Park Rangers at home, where we'll do all we can to get off to a winning start."