Our football match prediction:
A place in the Championship play-offs final will be at stake when Fulham and Reading take on each other in the two-legged tie. The Cottagers have been producing terrific displays under Serbian tactician Slavisa Jokanovic this season and it is no surprise they are regarded as favourites to win Saturday’s football game against the Royals. A man to watch in the home team will be Sean Aluko, who has been in a fine form this season. Reading, on the other hand, finished the regular season in third place in the standings, five points clear of Fulham. The Royals are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they have not been as impressive on the travels this season and we predict that Slavisa Jokanovic’s troops will emerge triumphant in the first leg at Craven Cottage. When the two teams met in London earlier this term Fulham hammered Reading 5-0.
Highlighted Player (Jazz Richards):
Ashley Darel Jazz Richards is a Cardiff City footballer who can play as both full back and midfielder. Richards was born in Swansea, Wales on 12 April 1991 and he started his senior career in his home town. He made 39 appearances for Swansea City and after spending several seasons on loan at Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town and Fulham, the Wales international signed a permanent deal with the Cottagers on 24 January, 2015. Richards played 22 league games for Fulham and on 19 July, 2016 he went on to join Cardiff City. He signed a three-year contract with the Bluebirds and was part of the swap which saw Scott Malone move to Craven Cottage. Jazz Richards has 15 caps for Wales U-21 team and he made his debut for the Wales national team on 27 May, 2012 in a 2-0 defeat to Mexico. It has to be noted that Richards is capable of operating as both left-back and right-back.
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.