Our prediction for this Championship match:
Reading and Cardiff City square off against each other at Select Car Leasing Stadium in what is expected to be a close Championship game. The Royals aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Blackpool, but they face yet another difficult task on Matchday 2. Both Scott Dann and Lucas Joao are out of contention with injuries, but they should be the only absentees in the home side. Ivory Coast international Yakou Meite is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts against Cardiff City.
The Bluebirds, on the other hand, did well to beat promotion-chasing Norwich City in the opening match of the season, meaning that they are high on spirits ahead of the trip to Reading. Cardiff City looked very soild at the back in the opener, which is probably the main reason why away win should be considered. Defender Perry Ng is banned for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Junior Hoilett):
Junior Hoilett began his youth career at Blackburn Rovers and he spent five years at Ewood Park. After ending his loan spells with German sides Paderborn and St. Pauli Junior Hoilett returned to Blackburn Rovers and it has to be noted that he scored his first goal for the Riversiders in a pre-season friendly against Leigh Genesis.
Speaking of competitive games, the Canada international netted his first goal for Blackburn in a 3-1 League Cup victory over Gillingham. In 2012 the pacey winger joined Queens Park Rangers and he played for the capital club from 2012 to 2016. In October 2016 Junior Hoilett signed a deal with Cardiff City and he made his debut for the Championship side on October 14 against Bristol City.
Hoilett was born in Brampton, Ontario and, as a result, he represents Canada on the international stage. He made his Canada debut in a 1-1 draw with Ghana in an international friendly.
Highlighted Team (Cardiff):
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.