The curtain will be closing on the regular season in the Championship on Wednesday night, with the Royals set to play their final game of the campaign at home to Swansea City.
The Swans will be hoping that their fixture in RG2 in midweek will not be their last involvement in the 2019-20 season, however.
Steve Cooper’s side will go into the match knowing that victory against Mark Bowen’s men and a defeat against relegation-threatened Hull for fierce rivals, Cardiff City, will see the Swans leapfrog the Bluebirds into the final Play-Off place, for a shot at Premier League football.
With everything to play for and one final push until the season closes, here’s how it’s all panned out for Swansea so far…
Swans set early pace in the Championship
Swansea City got off to a flying start this season, going unbeaten in their first six Championship matches, supplemented by two wins in the Carabao Cup, settling into their rhythm immediately and topping the league standings at the end of August.
With three goals apiece in victories against Preston, QPR and Birmingham, the attack was certainly not an issue for the Swans.
Wayne Routledge strikes a 90th-minute winner against Leeds, securing a seventh win from eight games in August
And with a clean sheet in a headline-grabbing win over eventual league champions Leeds United, Swansea were looking like genuine promotion contenders early on.
A tail-off in form leads to a mid-table mid-season
After a scintillating start, Swansea’s form quickly changed. From winning five in six to start the season, the Swans only managed three more victories in their next 15 Sky Bet Championship matches - with a hefty 5-1 defeat against West Bromwich Albion dropping Cooper’s side to 11th in the table.
The Swans' defence are powerless to prevent Kyle Edwards sealing a 5-1 win for West Brom in December
Slowly but surely, though, Cooper’s side were able to find their rhythm again. Back-to-back wins against Middlesbrough and Luton helped kick-start their points tally again, with their top six challenge continuing.
The Swans bolstered their ranks throughout the pitch by dipping into the loan market in the January transfer window, with the arrival of striker Rhian Brewster from Liverpool, as well as defender Marc Guehi and midfielder Conor Gallagher from Chelsea - all three of whom being current England U21 internationals.
Keeping in touch for a late Play-Off push
In a typically congested battle for a place in the top six, Swansea never lost touch with the Play-Off places - despite not occupying one of them since January.
A recent flurry of wins against Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham City and Bristol City have helped keep their hopes of a Play-Off spot alive, with it now being a straight one-game shootout against Cardiff in the battle for 6th place.
A goal for Rhian Brewster as Birmingham are beaten at St Andrew's
There is a glut of attacking quality to keep an eye on in the Swans’ squad on Wednesday, with established Premier League performer and Ghana international, Andre Ayew leading Swansea’s goalscoring charts with 17 this season. Exciting prospect Brewster has also impressed in front of goal - netting nine times in 18 starts for the Swans.
Anything less than a win won’t be enough for Swansea to keep their Play-Off chances going, so only three points will do for Steve Cooper’s side on Wednesday - and it’s up to the Royals to stop them and finish the season on a high.
How they last lined up…
Swansea City: Mulder, Guehi, Van der Hoorn (Routledge 72), Roberts, Bidwell, Cabango, Fulton, Grimes, Gallagher (Dhanda 83), Brewster (Cullen 72), Ayew.
Unused subs: Gould, Rushesha, Celina, Dyer, Kalulu, Garrick.