Our prediction for this match:
West Ham continue their preparations for the new Premier League season as they take on Reading at Madejski Stadium. The Hammers head into the match following a goalless draw with Leyton Orient where David Moyes rested key players. Several first-team regulars should be recalled to the starting XI against Reading, but keep in mind that all Lukasz Fabianski, Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek, Andriy Yarmolenko, and Declan Rice are still on the summer break.
The Royals, on the other hand, kicked off their pre-season with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Lincoln. Captain Liam Moore is on international duty with Jamaica, with Tom Holmes pushing for a start. Anyhow, away win should be considered as several high-profile footballers are set to return to West Ham’s starting XI. In their last meeting in a competitive match West Ham outplayed Reading 4-2.
Highlighted Player (Andy Yiadom):
Andy Yiadom was born in Holloway, London, but he began his career in the youth team of Watford. After spending two years at the Watford football academy, the pacey full-back (winger) joined Hayes & Yeading United and he scored only one goal in 36 appearances in the league for the club.
At the end of the 2010/2011 campaign Yiadom moved to Braintree Town and after scoring seven goals in 27 appearances for the Iron he signed a contract with Barnet. The 180-cm-tall footballer played for Barnet from 2012 to 2016 and he scored 14 goals in 169 appearances for the Bees. Andy Yiadom then decided to take a step forward in his career as he moved to Championship side Barnsley.
The English footballer played 32 games in the league for the Tykes last season and he provided three assists for his teammates, while receiving four yellow cards. His main position is full-back (right-back), but he is capable of playing on the left flank as well.
Highlighted Team (West Ham):
West Ham United are an English football club based in East London. The club was founded in 1895 and it has to be noted that the club’s name was Thames Ironworks back then. The Hammers were playing their home games at Upton Park from 1904 until 2016, when they moved to the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
West Ham have won three FA Cup trophies (1964, 1975 and 1980) and they were runners-up in 1923 and 2006. The capital club finished the 1985/1986 England first division campaign in third place in the standings and that is the club’s highest placing in the top flight. West Ham United have strong rivalries with fellow London clubs, but Tottenham Hotspur are considered the club’s main rivals.
A number of top-class players were part of West Ham in the past and the likes of Joe Cole, Carlos Tevez, Paolo Di Canio, Paul Ince, Julian Dicks, Shaka Hislop, Michael Carrick and Slaven Bilic are some of them.