Laudrup prepared for "massive game"
Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup feels the weekend clash with Reading is one of the most important fixtures of the season.
The Swans welcome the Royals to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday as they look to arrest a three-game losing streak.
The Welshmen began the campaign brightly and were in the top four after three games with two wins and a draw.
But defeats to Aston Villa, Everton and Stoke City have thwarted their progress and they currently sit in 11th place in the Premier League table with seven points from six games played.
Despite their excellent start to the season, Laudrup knows that his men will face a battle to remain in England's top division and that winning games against the so-called lesser teams is vital.
And, with Reading being one of the new teams in the division this term, the Danish tactician feels nothing less than three points will do.
"The next game is always important, but this time that really is the case," he said.
"In my experience as a player and as a manager, there are moments in a season where you can't just say that this game is important, because you say that always.
"I think there are three or four games during a season which are important than normal important games, and I think the first one for us is on Saturday."
Punters looking to use a free bet might fancy Swansea to bounce back and beat Reading, who have yet to win a league game this season.