Our prediction for this Championship match:
Following a 3-1 loss to Sheffield United, Stoke City will look to escape the danger zone when they host Reading to their Bet365 Stadium on Matchday 28. The Potters are now on a three-game losing run, meaning that Saturday’s clash is of big importance for the home side. Fit-again forward Dwight Gayle is pushing for his first start in 2023, whereas Sam Clucas remains on the sidelines with a back injury.
The Royals, on the other hand, played out a 2-2 draw with Queens Park Rangers in their last league match. Reading aim to move closer to the playoffs places, but given their poor away record (3-2-9) in the 2022/2023 season, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from the match. All Liam Moore, Tyrese Fornah, and Dejan Tetek are sidelined with injuries, speaking of the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Jack Bonham):
Jack Bonham is a professional footballer who was born in Stevenage on the 14th of September, 1993. The 26-year-old, although having born in England, is an Irish International and has featured for the Republic of Ireland's Under-17 team five times.
At the club level, he began his youth career with Watford and signed his first professional contract in September 2010 at the age of 17. Bonham's first-ever professional appearance came on the 4th of May, 2013 as a substitute against Leeds United in the final game of the 12/13 Championship season.
This appearance marked the 1.92 m standing goalkeeper's only appearance in a Watford shirt. Bonham then went on to play for clubs like Brentford, Carlisle United and Bristol Rovers before eventually joining Gillingham at the start of the 2019 season on a two-year contract. He's since featured nine times for the club and kept two clean sheets.
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.