Our prediction for this Championship match:
Luton Town will be aiming to escape the relegation zone when they take on Reading at Kenilworth Road on Saturday. The Hatters have been showing signs of improvement of late. Following a 1-0 win at Swansea City, Luton did well to hold Leeds United to a draw at Elland Road. The hosts are high on confidence ahead of the visit of Reading, and we predict that they are going to pick up vital three points from the match.
The Royals, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Brentford. Reading are seven points clear of the relegation zone, meaning that the hosts want this win more than the visitors. In their last meeting at Kenilwoarth Road in the Championship Luton defeated Reading 3-2, and we believe that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Jacob Butterfield):
Born in Bradford, England on June 10, 1990, Jacob Butterfield is a professional footballer who started his youth career at his hometown club Bradford City before joining Manchester United. In 2005 Butterfield moved to Barnsley football academy and he continued playing for the Tykes senior team.
After scoring 8 goals in 89 appearances for Barnsley in the league, the 180-cm tall midfielder moved to Norwich City, but he was immediately sent on loan to Bolton Wanderers. Jacob Butterfield played for the likes of Crystal Palace (loan), Middlesbrough, Huddersfield Town, Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday (loan) and Bradford City (loan) before signing a contract with Luton Town.
Seeing that the Hatters secured promotion to the Championship, Jacob Butterfield will play in the English second tier in the 2019/2020 season. His main position is central midfield, but he is used as an attacking midfielder as well. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Reading):
Reading FC is 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.