Our match prediction:
Barnsley’s dream continues. The Tykes have been producing scintillating performances at the start of the season and they did well to hammer Wolverhampton at Molineux Stadium on Tuesday evening (4-0). Barnsley are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Reading and a win over the Royals could see them climb to top position in the Championship standings. The Tykes are likely to stick to their attacking style of play and we do not believe that Reading are capable of spoiling Barnsley’s party at Oakwell Stadium. The Royals played out a goalless draw with Birmingham City in midweek, with the team extending their unbeaten run to four games in the Championship, but seeing that their next rivals have been in a thrilling form of late, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Conor Hourihane scored his third goal of the season against Wolverhampton and he will be the man to watch in the home team.
Highligted Player (Sam Winnall):
Sam Winnall began his professional career at the age of 19. The striker, who was born on 19 January, 1991, made his Wolverhampton debut in May 2009 and he has been playing for a number of English clubs ever since. He was on loan at Burton Albion, Hereford United, Inverness CT and Shrewsbury Town and in the 2013/2014 campaign he signed a contract with Scunthorpe United. Sam Winnall scored 23 goals in 45 appearances for the club and, as a result, secured a lucrative move to Barnsley in 2014. He went on to score his first goal for Barnsley on 23 August 2014 in a 4-1 win over Gillingham. Winnall helped Barnsley eliminate Walsall in the 2015/2016 League One semis as he scored a brace in the first leg. It has to be noted that he scored 23 goals in the English second tier in the 2015/2016 season. He provided 8 assists for his teammates during the season and he finished the campaign as the third highest goalscorer in the league, just behind Nicky Ajose and Will Grigg.
Highlighted Team (Reading):
Reading are a professional football club that play in the Championship. The club was formed in 1871 and Madejski Stadium has been the home of Reading since 1998. The Royals used to play their home games at Elm Park in the past (1896 - 1998). Reading made it to the FA Cup semi-finals on two occasions (1927, 2015), but they have yet to win the prestigious trophy. The likes of Robin Friday, Trevor Senior, Steve Death, Shaka Hislop, Phil Parkinson, Alf Messer, Jimmy Quinn, Michael Gilkes, Ronnie Blackman, Pavel Pogrebnyak and Martin Hicks are some of their more notable footballers. Aldershot Town were considered Reading’s fiercest rivals, but the Shots went out of business in 1992. Seeing that Aldershot rejoined the league in 2008 it remains to be seen if the rivalry is going to be re-established in near future. Swindon Town and Oxford United are considered Reading’s big rivals as well.