Our football match prediction:
Queens Park Rangers and Reading square off against each other at Loftus Road Stadium in the opening game of the season. QPR failed to impress in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign, with the team finishing the process in 18th place in the standings, only two points clear of bottom three. The capital club aim to get back on course, but the club chiefs have yet to sign a top-class footballer in the summer transfer window. Nonetheless, coach Ian Holloway can count on players who were in the starting line-up last term, and we would not be surprised if the Hoops grab something from Saturday’s football match against Reading. The Royals did well to reach the Championship play-offs final, but they were more than unfortunate not to secure promotion to the Premier League, with the team losing to Huddersfield Town on penalties in the decider at Wembley Stadium. Reading have big ambitions for the 2017/2018 season, but they would not be too disappointed with one point from the Loftus Road Stadium clash.
Highlighted Player (Massimo Luongo):
Born in Sydney, Australia on September 25, 1992 Massimo Luongo attended Waverley College. In 2009 he won the championship with the team and two years later he was spotted by Tottenham Hotspur scouts. In January 2011 Luongo, whose mother is of Indonesian heritage, impressed on trial with Spurs and, as a result, he remained at White Hart Lane. However, did not see any game action for Tottenham Hotspur during his spell with the capital club. After ending his loan spells with Ipswich Town and Swindon Town, the 176-cm-tall midfielder signed permanent deal with the Robins and you should know that he scored 10 goals in 76 appearances in the league for the club. In 2015 he returned to London, with the Australian international joining Queens Park Rangers. Luongo scored his first goal for the Hoops in a 5-1 win over Rotherham United on March 18, 2017. The QPR footballer made his Australia debut on March 6, 2014 in a 4-3 defeat to Ecuador. In 2015 he won the AFC Asian Cup with the Socceroos.
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.