Our football match prediction:
Buoyed by back-to-back wins over the likes of Barnsley and Sunderland, Reading will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they welcome Cardiff City at their Madejski Stadium. The Royals aim to keep on climbing the Championship standings and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Bluebirds on Matchday 21. The Welsh outfit are on the right track to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League, but the season is quite long and, no doubt, coach Neil Warnock must warn his men against complacency. Cardiff City did well to beat Norwich City at the weekend, with the team extending their winning run in the Championship to four games, but given Reading’s recent form, we predict the two teams are going to share the spoils at Madejski Stadium. Under 2.5 goals have been scored in four of their last five meetings in the English second tier and yet another low-scoring affair is on the cards.
Highlighted Player (Leandro Bacuna):
Despite being born in Netherlands Leandro Bacuna decided to represent Curacao on international stage. The powerful midfielder, who parents are of Curacaoan descent, is a product of Groningen youth school and it has to be noted that he scored 14 goals in 109 appearances for the first team. After ending his spell with Groningen, Leandro Bacuna joined Aston Villa in 2013 and he has been playing for the Villa Park outfit ever since. The Curacao international scored his first Premier League goal in September, 2013 against Manchester City, but seeing that Aston Villa coaches often used him as a full back he was not impressive in front of goal in previous seasons. Leandro Bacuna was born in Groningen on August 21, 1991 and it has to be noted that he received his first call-up for the Curacao national football team 25 years later, in March 2016. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in San Salvador, with Bacuna picking up a yellow card in the 54th minute of the game.
Highlighted Team (Cardiff City):
Cardiff City are a Welsh football club that compete in the English second tier (Championship). In 2009 they moved from Ninian Park to Cardiff City Stadium, the venue that officially holds 33,280 spectators. The Bluebirds played their first ever Premier League match on 18 August, 2013, but they were beaten by West Ham United (0-2) on their debut in the English top flight. However, a week later Fraizer Campbell (two goals) and Aron Gunnarson helped Cardiff City record their first ever win in the Premier League. The Bluebirds outplayed Manchester City back then, but they eventually dropped to the Championship at the end of the season. Fellow Welsh outfit Swansea City are considered Cardiff’s fiercest rivals and the two teams take on each other in the South Wales derby. The colour of Cardiff City’s home kit is blue, whilst they wear red shirts and shorts when playing on the travels.