Reading host Preston North End at Madejski Stadium on the Sky Bet Championship matchday 1.
Reading disappointed their fans in the previous 2015/16 season. They ended that season on 7-game winless streak. As a result, the Royals took 17th spot in the league tables with 52 points and 52:59 goal difference. This summer Jaap Stam’s side played 6 friendly matches recording 3 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats.
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Once Preston North End were among the giants of English football, now they can only dream about contending for tittle. Last season Preston finished on 11 spot in the Sky Bet Championship with 62 points earned and 45:45 goal difference. Despite the place in the middle of the standings Preston North End played rather consistently without drastic ups and downs. During the preseason the visitors played also 6 friendlies as they recorded 4 wins and 2 draws. This way they strive to stay in the Championship or even try to battle for the promotion.
Last season Preston North End triumphed over Reading in both of their matchups (2:1 and 1:0). However, Reading were always tough opponent for Preston as before previous season the Lilywhites failed to beat Reading in 5 games straight. The season has just began and home ground is a huge advantage for any team. We expect Reading to avoid losing.
Prediction for the match; Reading to win with 0 handicap.