Our prediction for this Championship match:
Reading and Burnley go head to head at Select Car Leasing Stadium in what is expected to be an interesting Championship game. The Royals are desperate to escape the relegation zone, and we are positive that they will leave their hearts on the field in Saturday’s encounter. Talented midfielder Kelvin Ehibhatiomhan is pushing for a rare start after scoring as a substitute in a 2-1 loss to Preston, while all Tom Ince, Shane Long, Tom McIntyre, Liam Moore, Junior Hoilett, Abdul-Rahman Baba, Ovie Ejaria, Sam Hutchinson, and Dejan Tetek remain in the recovery room.
The Clarets, on the other hand, aim to retain top position in the standings, but seeing that they have already secured Premier League promotion, we are tempted to put our money on the relegation-threatened hosts. Forward Darko Churlinov should be the only absentee in the visiting team, while Johann Berg Gudmundsson should be recalled to the starting XI after scoring a brace in a 2-0 win over Sheffield United.
Highlighted Player (Jay Rodríguez):
Having progressed through the youth ranks of his hometown club Burnley, Jay Rodriguez was rewarded with a professional debut against Bristol City in December 2007 as an 18-year-old boy. It wasn’t until the 2008/09 season when he began to show glimpses of proper promise for the Clarets, however.
With 15 goals and six assists in 37 Championship outings in 2011/12 campaign, Jay Rodriguez caught the eye of several Premier League clubs and it was Southampton who pounced for his signature in a £7 million deal. Six goals and eight assist in his debut Premier League season were followed by a breakthrough record of 15 goals and three assists in 33 matches of the 2013/14 campaign.
An unfortunate cruciate ligament injury sustained in April 2014 halted his progress as he sat through the entire 2014/15 season. It did not prevent West Bromwich Albion from making a move for Rodriguez in 2017, making him the first signing of the summer transfer window, worth a reported £12 million. The WBA forward features only once for England U21 in 2011 and made a single senior appearance – in a 2-0 defeat to Chile in November 2013.
Highlighted Team (Reading):
Reading FC is 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.