The Royals are on a three-game losing streak and would be overtaken by the Cherries if they lose on the South Coast.
However their form has taken a dive recently and they headed into the international break off the back of two successive 3-0 home defeats to Preston North End and Stoke City.
Their once sturdy defence is now leaking goals and making a concerning number of errors, and they could lose top spot this weekend for the first time in over a month.
The international break came at just the right time for Paunovic, who has had the opportunity to refocus his squad and welcome key players back from injury as he aims to halt the slide in results.
The Royals have only lost once on the road this season – in their most recent away trip to Coventry City – but Bournemouth are yet to be beaten on home turf.
The Cherries have already overcome fellow promotion-chasers Norwich City and Bristol City at the Vitality Stadium and will fancy their chances of adding Reading to that list.
It was just their second victory in seven matches, which is indicative of how often they draw games more than anything else.
Bournemouth have won the last four meetings between these two sides and have not lost to Reading since April 2001, when Tindall was in the starting lineup along with predecessor Eddie Howe.
Bournemouth Championship form: DDWDLW
Reading Championship form: WWWLLL
Lewis Cook required stitches after he suffered a shin injury that forced him off against Birmingham a fortnight ago, but Jason Tindall was hopeful that the midfielder would be available for selection against Reading.
Namesake Steve Cook is available for selection again after suspension.
The Royals boss went with a back three for the first time this season last time out against Stoke, but considering the result and the fact that skipper Moore is now back, he is likely to revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Bournemouth possible starting lineup:
Begovic; Mepham, Kelly, Rico; Stacey, Gosling, Lerma, Stanislas; Brooks, Solanke, Danjuma
Reading possible starting lineup:
Rafael; Yiadom, Morrison, Moore, Richards; Rinomhota, Laurent; Meite, Olise, Ejaria; Joao
We say: Bournemouth 1-0 Reading
Reading will be hoping to start afresh after the international break, but a trip to Bournemouth could be as tough as it gets in the Championship this season and the Royals may slip to a fourth successive defeat against a Cherries side who hit top gear against Birmingham two weeks ago.