Our football match prediction:
Preston have been having their ups and downs of late. Following a 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers, the Lilywhites suffered a 3-1 loss to Fulham at Craven Cottage, with the team sharing the spoils with Derby County at iPro Stadium in their last league fixture. Preston scored a late equalizer in the 1-1 draw with Steve McClaren’s troops and, no doubt, they showed character in Tuesday’s football match. Simon Grayson’s men are eyeing a place in the Championship play-offs and considering that they are nine points behind top six, the hosts face a must-win situation against Reading. The Royals, on the other hand, did well to hold league leaders Newcastle United to a goalless draw in midweek, but seeing that they have been struggling in front of goal of late, we are not tempted to put our money on the visitors this time out. Republic of Ireland international Aiden McGeady will be the man to watch in the home team and we predict that he is going to pose a big threat for the opposition back-line.
Highlighted Player (Chris Humphrey):
Christopher Charles Humphrey was born in Saint Catherine, Jamaica on 19 September, 1987. The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as a wing back as well, began his senior career at Shrewsbury Town and he made 74 league appearances for the club between 2006 and 2009. The Jamaica international played four games for Stafford Rangers during his loan spell at Marston Road and in July, 2009 he signed a deal with Scottish Premier League team Motherwell. He made his Motherwell debut on 23 July, 2009 as he started in the Europa League qualifier against Flamurtari Vlore. After making 132 league appearances for the Scottish outfit, he joined Preston North End in June, 2013 and he extended his contract with the Championship team in June, 2015. Humphrey was linked with selection for the Scotland national team, but he decided to play for Jamaica. He made his debut for the Reggae Boyz in 2012 in a 1-0 loss to Panama.
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.