Only Watford and Norwich City picked up more points in the Championship in the second half of last season than QPR, and Mark Warburton’s side have continued that form into the new campaign to become early promotion contenders.
Three wins and two draws from their opening five games marks the club’s best start to a season since their relegation from the Premier League in 2015.
Warburton admitted that his side were not the better team in the 2-0 victory over Coventry City a fortnight ago, but he was encouraged by being able to win without playing well.
QPR have taken maximum points from their first two away games this season, scoring three times against both Hull City and Middlesbrough, taking them to five successive wins on the road in the Championship.
After travelling to the Select Car Leasing Stadium, the West London side visit another unbeaten outfit, Bournemouth, on Tuesday evening.
The pressure is growing in Berkshire on Veljko Paunovic, with Reading on a run of three consecutive defeats.
The 4-0 loss to Huddersfield Town two weeks ago sparked the most outrage, as the Royals capitulated defensively at the John Smith’s Stadium.
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It is just two wins in the last 16 Championship outings for Reading, who have conceded 13 goals from five games this season – five more than any other side in the second tier.
If they wanted to cling onto some hope, the Royals have lost just one of their last nine home games, while they are unbeaten in their last five matches against QPR.
However defeat on Saturday may be the beginning of the end for Paunovic, with a daunting trip to Fulham to come next weekend after a potential banana skin against newly-promoted Peterborough United in midweek