Newcastle take on Reading in the round 3 match of English Championship. The game takes place at St. James Park Stadium on Wednesday, 17 August 2016.
Newcastle failed last season, finishing 18th in the league with 37 points and 44-65 overall goal difference and got relegated from Premier League. The Magpies sold some of the players like Wijnaldum, Townsend, Cabella, Cisse for total of 51m euro and signed Gayle, Ritchie, Sels, Hanley, Clark, Diame and Hayden. Despite all the signings, the team had terrible start of the campaign, losing starting matches to Fulham, 0-1 and Haddersfield, 1-2. So, instead of battle for the first place, Newcastle stuck on the last place in the standings.
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Reading have better start of season, taking three points after beating Preston, 1-0, and losing to Wolverhampton, 0-2. On top of that, Reading eliminated Plymouth from League Cup, 2-0. The team shows poor results on the road, failing to win in last five away games since the beginning of April.
Newcastle and Reading have faced one another quite often in recent years. The Magpies took four wins in these head-to-heads, one match ended with a draw and three times Reading was victorirous. Newcastle have no right for another mistake while third defeat can cost Rafa Benitez his place. So we can expect the team show their best football and take home win.
Prediction for the match: Newcastle to win.