Reading vs Preston:
England – Championship.
Date: Saturday, 6 August, 2016
Kick-off: 15:00 UK.
Venue: Madejski Stadium (Reading).
Reading F.C had installed Jaap Stam as their new manager for the upcoming season. The club has been in troubled waters over the past few seasons and the former Manchester United defender is their third managed in over an year. The Royals finished 15th in the Championship last season and the Dutch boss knows well that the task at hand is a massive one in his first job managerial job.
Preston North End finished 11th at the end of 2015/16 Championship season and a strong defense helped them in much of their success. But goal scoring remained a problem throughout the season. A lack of transfer activity may pose similar problems as in the previous season for head-coach Simon Grayson.
Reading vs Preston: Head-to-Head Stats
- Preston were victorious in each of the two league meetings of the 2015/16 season. They won 1-0 at home on December 2015 and 2-1 away on April 2016.
- Reading were unbeaten in the previous 5 matches in Championship against Preston, with 3 wins and 2 draws.
- Reading can boast of a formidable home record against Preston with 7 wins and 2 draws from the last 10 league fixtures.
Reading vs Preston: Prediction
Reading might have a very healthy head-to-head record against Preston North End. But a very inexperienced manager and a squad in the making put them on the back-foot.
The two back-to-back wins that Preston earned against last season Reading, tips this match slightly in their favour. However, they have their own issues while playing away from home, so I will be backing Preston on a double chance to win or draw.
Reading vs Preston: Tips
- Double Chance – Preston/Draw.
- Over 1.5 goals.