England - Championship

15' D. Fisher 15' Yellow Card 15'  D. Fisher 87' J. Laurent 87' Yellow Card 87'  J. Laurent 87' A. Browne 87' Yellow Card 87'  A. Browne 65' S. Sinclair 65' Goal 65'   Sinclair S. Sinclair 68' E. Riis 68' Goal 68'   Riis Jakobsen E. Riis 90' B. Potts 90' Goal 90'   Potts B. Potts


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Preston North End

Preston North End

  • HT
    0 - 0
  • 65'
    0 - 1
  • 68'
    0 - 2
  • 90'
    0 - 3
  • Date: 04/11/2020
  • Time: 19:00
  • Venue: Madejski Stadium (Reading)
  • Referee: John Brooks
Reading v Preston North End - Preview

Date published: 11/3/2020 8:50:09 PM

 Reading v Preston North End - Preview

Veljko Paunovic urges Reading to bounce back from Coventry loss

Reading boss Veljko Paunovic has challenged his side to quickly show their promotion credentials once again in the Sky Bet Championship clash with Preston on Wednesday.

The Royals lost 3-2 at Coventry last Friday night, which allowed their top-six rivals to take full advantage and eat into their lead.

Paunovic, though, expects the players to move on and focus on what had taken them clear with an eight-match unbeaten league run.

“All we have is the next game, there is nothing else,” Paunovic said on Reading’s official club website.

“We believe in the team, so we just encourage our guys to bounce back, as soon as possible in the best possible mindset, because we have our next game on Wednesday and we have to be ready.

“There is a fantastic affection between the whole group here. We have got a fantastic atmosphere, and the confidence of the group is there – we felt we could and maybe should have won on Friday night.

“But can we do better? Do we have to do better? Yes. We even said when we were winning that we could do better and that we have to keep improving. That is the mentality.

“It is easier when you win of course, but we will stay disciplined.

“We started looking to the next game the morning after the defeat at Coventry, analysing everything and seeing what we can improve, and we will continue to take it one game at a time.”

Defender Liam Moore picked up an ankle problem at Coventry, while forward Yakou Meite continues to manage his own ankle issue which saw him miss out on Friday night.

Paunovic is not looking for any excuses, saying: “We don’t allow ourselves to dwell on injuries, we will always keep ourselves accountable for our performances.

“We have to do a good job of recovering from fatigue and knocks ourselves – the players’ mindset and bodies have to be in the best possible shape.”

Preston boss Alex Neil is expecting a response from Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Birmingham.

“We just need to make sure we start the game well and do what we have been doing away from home,” he said www.pnefc.net.

“We just want to get that element of consistency now.”

Watford will be out to kickstart their push for a swift return to the Premier League when they host Stoke having not won in three Championship matches.

Hornets head coach Vladimir Ivic said on the club’s official website: “It doesn’t matter who you play against, you must give your maximum and be on the top level to win the game.”

Elsewhere on Wednesday night, Birmingham host strugglers Wycombe, QPR head to Derby, who have drawn their last three games, Nottingham Forest are at home against Coventry while Rotherham take on Luton.


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  • Championship
  • Round 10
  • Madejski Stadium (Reading)
  • John Brooks
  • 04 Nov, 19:00

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Preston North End
  • 33. Rafael

  • 3. O. Richards

  • 2. Tomás Esteves

  • 5. T. Mcintyre

  • 4. M. Morrison

  • 24. S. Aluko

  • 8. A. Rinomhota

  • 28. J. Laurent Yellow Card

  • 30. Alfa Semedo

  • 7. M. Olise

  • 18. Lucas João


  • 1. S. Walker

  • 43. T. Watson

  • 15. L. Gibson

  • 34. Tetek Dejan

  • 3. A. Yiadom

  • 9. S. Baldock

  • 47. G. Puşcaş

  • 1. D. Rudd

  • 23. P. Huntington

  • 2. D. Fisher Yellow Card

  • 15. J. Rafferty

  • 14. J. Storey

  • 8. A. Browne Yellow Card

  • 11. D. Johnson

  • 44. B. Potts Goal

  • 31. S. Sinclair Goal

  • 18. R. Ledson

  • 19. E. Riis Goal


  • 25. C. Ripley

  • 3. J. Earl

  • 12. P. Gallagher

  • 29. T. Barkhuizen

  • 10. J. Harrop

  • 20. J. Stockley

  • 24. S. Maguire









Preston North End vs Reading

There is a 40.6% chance of a draw.
In simulations where the game is not a draw Preston North End, at 33.4%, are solid favorites to beat Reading who have a 26.1% chance at home.
Overall, the average simulation score is Preston North End 0.7 to Reading 0.6.
In simulation wins, Reading upsets Preston North End by averaging 4.8 shots and 2.3 shots on goal.
They average 1.5 goals in simulated victories vs just 0.2 in simulation losses.

Reading v Preston North End

    Reading 0 - 3 Preston North End - Match Report

    Date published: 11/5/2020 12:31:32 PM

    Reading 0 - 3 Preston North End - Match Report

    Reading rumbled by plucky Preston

    Reading remain three points clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship table despite falling to a 3-0 defeat at home to Preston.

    Although Preston dominated the first half, Reading went closest to breaking the deadlock through a header from top scorer Lucas Joao.

    Preston’s Daniel Johnson missed a penalty soon after half-time but two goals in a four-minute spell – from Scott Sinclair and Emil Riis Jakobsen – put paid to Reading’s hopes.

    The visitors added a third goal through Brad Potts in stoppage time to confirm their superiority.

    Reading had won seven of their opening eight league matches but lost their unbeaten record in a 3-2 defeat away to Coventry last Friday.

    They were, though, on a 100 per cent league run at Madejski Stadium this term – four wins out of four, seven goals scored and none conceded.

    In contrast, Preston had lost all five games at home this season – collecting all their 10 points on the road.

    After a 2-2 draw at Norwich, they had picked up successive victories at Brentford, QPR and Huddersfield.

    Preston opened brightly, forcing Reading to defend in numbers to protect goalkeeper Rafael.

    Potts found space on the edge of the home area but his weak effort failed to trouble Rafael as it drifted wide.

    Reading tried to threaten going forward but a promising move down the left flank ended with Preston keeper Declan Rudd comfortably catching an Omar Richards cross.

    Preston continued to dominate, with Alan Browne off target with a 25-yard free-kick that flew narrowly over the crossbar.

    Jakobsen then shot across the face of the home goal after cutting in from the left wing.

    Approaching the interval, Reading finally made progress in attack.

    Rudd made a superb save to keep out Joao’s close-range header from a Sone Aluko cross.

    Soon after, Rudd was in action again to block Aluko’s firm shot at his near post.

    Preston could have gone ahead four minutes into the second period, when Reading defender Tom McIntyre clumsily fouled Jakobsen in the area.

    But Johnson, usually reliable from the spot, produced a tame penalty – after a laboured run-up – that Rafael saved with ease.

    Joao twice missed good opportunities to add to his nine-goal tally this season and Preston made sure he paid for his wastefulness.

    Sinclair touched in his fifth goal of the campaign past Rafael in the 64th minute, despite looking in a suspiciously offside position.

    And, four minutes later, Jakobsen got the better of a sluggish McIntyre to run towards Rafael before slotting home with precision.

    Reading rallied near the end but Potts slotted home Preston’s third in the 92nd minute after a fast break and pass from Tom Barkhuizen.