Our football match prediction:
Madejski Stadium will host Saturday’s football match between Reading and Barnsley. Ipswich Town put an end to Reading’s three-game winning run at the weekend, but thanks to Jordan Obita’s late goal the Royals shared the spoils with the Tractor Boys at Portman Road Stadium. Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam is doing a good job with the Madejski Stadium outfit and they are on the right track to book their place in the Championship play-offs. Barnsley played out a goalless draw with Preston in their last league fixture and they will have a big fish to fry in Saturday’s clash against Reading. Anyhow, the Royals have been in a splendid form of late and we predict that the hosts will return to winning ways in the English second tier. When the two teams met at Oakwell Stadium in the reverse fixture Reading recorded a 2-1 win over Barnsley and the history is likely to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Jordan Obita):
Jordan Obita is a left-back who plays for Reading in the Championship. Obita is capable of playing as a winger as well and he is a left-footed player. He was born in Oxford and, as expected, he had trials with his home-town club, but he eventually signed a deal with Reading. He joined the Reading youth academy at age of 8 and he made his senior debut for the Royals on 11 August, 2010. He came from the bench in the League Cup clash against Torquay United and he made his first start against Charlton Athletic in the same competition in the 2011/2012 season. Obita spent several years on loan at Barnet, Gillingham, Portsmouth and Oldham Athletic, but he is still a Reading player. He has a contract with the Madejski Stadium outfit until 30 June. 2018. Jordan Obita has two caps for England U20 and he played for the U18 an U19 teams in the past as well. The Reading left-back was named the Player of the Season for the 2013/2014 Championship campaign.
Highlighted Team (Barnsley):
Barnsley are an English club nicknamed the Tykes. The club was founded in 1887 and it has to be noted that they spend more seasons in the Championship than any other club in the history. The Tykes played in the Sheffield and District League from 1890, but in 1895 they were part of the Midland League. Barnsley play their home games at Oakwell, the stadium that was built in 1887. The capacity of the stadium is 23,009 and it was opened back in 1888, just one year after the club’s foundation. The Tykes made it to the FA Cup final in 1910, but Newcastle United proved to be a big catch for the Oakwell outfit in the title game. Nonetheless, Barnsley won the FA Cup trophy in 1912 and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Barnsley defeated West Bromwich Albion in the two-legged tie (0-0, 1-0) to clinch the prestigious trophy for the first and only time in their history.