Our prediction for this match:
Madejski Stadium will host Sunday’s football game between Reading and Chelsea, the two teams who face each other for the first time since 2013. Back then the Royals managed to hold the Blues to a 2-2 draw, but this time out Frank Lampard’s troops are seen as hot favourites to win the match. Chelsea suffered a shocking 1-0 loss to Japanese side Kawasaki Frontale at the weekend, meaning that they are eager to beat the Championship side in the Madejski Stadium clash.
In Eden Hazard’s absence a man to watch in the away team will be summer signing Christian Pulisic, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Reading, on the other hand, have been struggling in front of goal in pre-season and we do not believe that they are capable of grabbing something from the friendly against the star-studded Premier League side.
Highlighted Player (Callum Harriott):
After spending his youth career at Charlton Athletic, Callum Harriott scored 11 goals in 86 appearances in the league for the capital club at senior level. Born in Norbury, England on March 4, 1994, Harriott is a pacey winger who currently plays for Reading.
The 165-cm-tall footballer played for England at youth level, but then he decided to represent Guyana at senior level. Callum Harriott made the England U19 squad for the 2013 UEFA European Championship qualification round where the Three Lions faced the likes of Georgia, Belgium and Scotland.
The left-footed footballer received his first call up to the Guyana national team for a game against Belize in March, 2019. He started the game and stayed on the pitch for 90 minutes, picking up a yellow card in the second half. His main position is left winger, but he is used as both right winger and second striker as well.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game.
Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash.
After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.