Our prediction for this Championship match:
Reading and Blackpool take on each other at Select Car Leasing Stadium in the Championship round 13. The Royals aim to build on back-to-back wins over Cardiff City and Barnsley, and they should continue to rely on their rock-solid defence. You should bear in mind that under 2.5 goals have been netted in each of their last four league fixtures. All Araruna, Joao, McIntyre, and Meite are out of contention through injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
The Seasiders, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Nottingham Forest. Blackpool, though, are not regarded as good travelers, and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Madejski Stadium outfit. Both Hamilton and Virtue-Thick are out of contention with injuries, but they should be the only absentees in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Andy Yiadom):
Andy Yiadom was born in Holloway, London, but he began his career in the youth team of Watford. After spending two years at the Watford football academy, the pacey full-back (winger) joined Hayes & Yeading United and he scored only one goal in 36 appearances in the league for the club.
At the end of the 2010/2011 campaign Yiadom moved to Braintree Town and after scoring seven goals in 27 appearances for the Iron he signed a contract with Barnet. The 180-cm-tall footballer played for Barnet from 2012 to 2016 and he scored 14 goals in 169 appearances for the Bees. Andy Yiadom then decided to take a step forward in his career as he moved to Championship side Barnsley.
The English footballer played 32 games in the league for the Tykes last season and he provided three assists for his teammates, while receiving four yellow cards. His main position is full-back (right-back), but he is capable of playing on the left flank as well.
Highlighted Team (Blackpool):
Blackpool FC are a professional English club based in Blackpool, Lancashire. Considering that Blackpool is a seaside town, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Seasiders. Founded back in 1887, the club play their home matches at Bloomfield Road, which can hold up to 17,338 spectators. In the 2009/2010 season Blackpool secured promotion to the Premier League, but they were not competitive at this level, suffering relegation to the Championship the following season.
The club’s biggest success, though, came in 1953 when they defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-3 in the FA Cup final. Blackpool are well known for their orange shirts, but the dominant colour of their away kit is white. Preston are considered the club’s biggest rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the West Lancashire derby.
Charlie Adam, who played for Liverpool and has 26 caps for Scotland national team, is regarded as one of the club’s most notable players.