Our prediction for this Championship match:
Tuesday’s football game at Swansea.com Stadium pits together Swansea City and Reading, the two top-table sides. Following four consecutive league wins, the Swans experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-0 loss at Burnley, but the bookies still see them as favourites to beat the Royals in front of home fans. Forward Joel Piroe is banned for the match, while midfielder Liam Walsh has yet to recover from an Achilles tendon injury.
Reading, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form, with the team losing to both QPR (1-2) and WBA (0-2) in the last two league fixtures, and seeing that Swansea defeated Hull City (3-0) and Sunderland (2-1) in the previous two home games, the visitors are unlikely to grab something from the midweek clash. There are no fresh injury worries in the away team, but all Hutchinson, Baba, Sarr, Moore, Azeez, and Dann remain in the treatment room.
Highlighted Player (Joe Allen):
Joe Allen is another high-quality footballer from the new generation of Wales internationals, who was part of the team that took Swansea from League One to the Premier League, and he had no problems adapting to arguably the strongest league championship in Europe.
Allen operated as a deep-lying playmaker as the Swans impressed upon reaching the elite division, with his excellent passing skills persuading Liverpool to splash £15 million on his services. The central midfielder didn’t exactly manage to develop into an indispensable member of the side at Anfield, but he is considered an important squad player and has always performed well when called upon.
Meanwhile, he has been one of the pillars of the most successful team in the Wales history together with Gareth Bale, Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey, while even representing Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Allen started five games for the Dragons as they secured the first ever appearance at the European Championship finals.
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.