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The Saints go marching on

Southampton are looking to continue their charge towards the Premier League this weekend - but Reading will provide a stern test at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

The Saints are the surprise leaders of the Championship 12 games into the season - with manager Nigel Adkins (pictured) already hinting that the pressure is on and admitting his side "are there to be shot at."

With many pundits and fans expecting West Ham and big spending Leicester City to battle it out for the title, Southampton's 1-0 defeat of the Hammers has produced even more raised eyebrows.

The win leaves them five points clear at the top of the table with West Ham trailing in second, and the Foxes a further seven points adrift.

Although it is early days, confidence is high at St Mary’s that the side can maintain their good form all the way to promotion back to the Premier League.

The picture will become a little clearer after this weekend's games for the Championship's 'big three', with West Ham visiting Brighton and Leicester hosting Millwall.

By Jasmit Jabbal

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