The big day has come. Huddersfield is going to face Reading for the final playoff for getting to the Premier League. Bookmakers are giving Huddersfield better odds and it is just a matter of time to see both teams playing tonight. It will be interesting to see those two teams in action after they qualified for this stage beating Sheffield Wednesday and Fulham, respectively.
Huddersfield News and Form
Huddersfield are in a poor shape. They still do not know the taste of the win from the last 4 games. They qualified for the final playoff after they won against Sheffield Wednesday on penalties (with two draws 0-0 at home and 1-1 away from home). The team is young and ambitious. Definitely this is one of the teams with a strong background, becoming 3 times champion of England. We think that despite the last few games and the fresh condition of the players right now, they are turning as a favorites for winning this playoff game.
Reading News and Form
One last game is expecting the team of Reading before promoting to the league of the best. They need this promotion because the team budget is not that secured and safe. This is a perfect chance for them to make some profit and probably secure financially their next season, why not their next some seasons. There are good players, they are fit enough, though there are many injured players but still they have nothing to lose. They had around 1-2 weeks to recover from the semi-final playoffs so we expect a difficult game tonight for the away team.
Head to head
This season both teams played two head to head games. Both games finished with wins for the home teams as both times they did 1-0 win. The home factor is usually something which every English club rely on but we believe that here on this final playoff this does not matter at all, after all the game will be played on the neutral Wembley and it will be the same for both teams.
-Elias Kachunga 47 appearances, 13 goals, 4 assists
-Nahki Wells 46 appearances, 10 goals, 3 assists
-Isaiah Brown 20 appearances, 5 goals, 1 assists
-Yann Kermorgant 47 appearances, 19 goals, 3 assists
-Garath McCleary 44 appearances, 9 goals, 10 assists
-John Swift 41 appearances, 9 goals, 8 assists
Injuries and Suspended Players
-Philip Billing - Out
-Jon Gorenc Stankovic - Out
-Kasey Palmer – Doubtful
-Deniss Rakels– Out
-Stephen Quinn - Out
-Callum Harriott – Out
-Paul McShane – Out
-Jordan Obita - Doubtful
If we have to give an accurate prediction for this game, we will go for Huddersfield to win this game. They are one pretty strong and solid home team as far as they are playing with confidence and motivation. What a better motivation than this that they are playing on Wembley Stadium for getting to the Premier League next season. We think that the odds are a little bit higher for Huddersfield as they should be staked at around 1.80 - 2.00. But because this is a final playoff everything can be done here. After all our prediction will be Huddersfield to win this game in the regular time.