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Reading season predictions: Likely to be at the wrong end of the table

Reading will take comfort from last season's FA Cup heroics as they aim to replicate that form in the league, but do our writers think they can be consistent?

Last season was a baffling one for Reading as they displayed magnificent form in the FA Cup, reaching a semi-final against Arsenal, but looked dismal in the Championship.

Steve Clarke's task for the 2015-16 campaign is to find some consistency in a side that tended to blow hot and cold.

Prediction: 15th.

Freddie Shires: A group of quality youngsters coming through will help push the Royals into top half contention.

Damien Lucas: The Royals started the season at 9/2 to be relegated but despite a few hairy moments had a bit too much quality and stayed up with room to spare.

Mathew Nash: Even with Steve Clarke at the helm Reading will struggle. They have lost their spine and will likely be at the wrong end of the table.

Che Thomas: I’ve been impressed with several of Reading’s signings, with the two Irishmen from Hull being a particularly good piece of business. If thinks go well for Steve Clarke, they could be several places higher than this, but for now, I still put them four positions above where they finished last year.

Stephen Pickering: The Royals have a number of good young players that could make a surprise impact this season, but still look short of a top six side. Alex Pearce could prove to be a big loss. Key player: Gareth McCleary.

Tim Poole: Again, Steve Clarke's experience should ensure stability but not necessarily promotion.

Billy Hawkins: Will never push for the play-offs, but will also never be faced with relegation.

Our writers were asked to predict the outcome of next season's Championship campaign. We accumulated their rankings (24 points for first place, 1 for 24th, etc), and created a predicted 2015-16 league table.

And here it is:


Derby County

Hull City




Ipswich Town

Blackburn Rovers

Leeds United



Sheffield Wednesday

Bristol City

Nottingham Forest


Bolton Wanderers

Birmingham City

Cardiff City

Charlton Athletic


MK Dons


Huddersfield Town

Preston North End

Rotherham United

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