Huddersfield Town – Reading (Championship)
Huddersfield Town and Reading discuss this Monday afternoon at Wembley the last place in the Premier League in the last Championship play-off. Huddersfield Town are winless in their last 4 consecutive matches, but will play this last game with all they have, since a victory here would secure access in the Premier League, which would be an historical achievement. Reading, on their turn, are out of the Premier League since 2012/13 and are undefeated in their last 4 consecutive matches, beating Fulham in the previous play-off round.
Huddersfield Town finished in 5th place in the Championship with 81 points, result of 25 victories, 6 draws and 15 defeats, with 56 victories and 58 defeats. This has been a very positive season for Huddersfield Town who are looking to make history, which can happen if they secure access to Premier League for the first time in the club’s history. The club’s coffers will boosted by at least £170m if they secure access to the Premier League.
The Terriers are winless in their last 4 consecutive matches and eliminated Sheffield Wednesday in previous play-off with a penalty shoot-out. This team are showing a significant lack of finishing power, and foul often in dangerous areas, something that can cost them points. The Terriers are strong at creating long shot opportunities and in creating chances through individual skill, although creating chances using through balls are their strongest offensive process. They are adepts of a possession football, short passes and play with width, and when they attack usually do it down the right and take a lot of long shots.
In their last 5 official games, Huddersfield Town has a record of 1 victory, 2 draws and 2 defeats. This sequence of results started with a 0-1 away win against Wolverhampton. This result was followed by a 2-0 away defeat against Birmingham City, a 0-3 home draw against Cardiff City, a 1-1 away draw against Sheffield Wednesday, and in their last clash, a 0-0 home draw against Sheffield Wednesday. Philip Billing and Jon Gorenc Stankovic are out due to injury.
Probable Lineup: Ward – Smith, Schindler, Hefele and Lowe – Hogg and Mooy – Kachunga, Brown and Parra – Wells.
Reading, on their turn, finished 3rd place in the Championship table with 85 points, result of 26 victories, 7 draws and 13 defeats, with 68 goals scored and 64 goals conceded. Reading are also very interested in the £170m prize in case of promotion and will be looking to get back to the Premier League since they were relegated in the 2012/13 season. They arrive here with only 1 defeat in their last 7 consecutive matches, winning 5 of them, and have scored 14 goals and conceded 8 in the process.
The Royals are more efficient in finalizing scoring chances than their opponents, but are also more unorganized in the defensive process, showing great weaknesses in defending counter-attacks and attacks down the wings, with some difficulties also in defending set pieces. However, they are an aggressive team who always fights until the end, they are adepts of long balls and take a lot of shots per game, being strong in creating long shot opportunities and in finishing scoring chances, with Yann Kermorgant being the 5th top scorer of the Championship with 19 goals scored.
In their last 5 official matches, Reading has a record of 3 victories, 1 draw and 1 defeat. This sequence of results started with a 3-2 away defeat against Nottingham Forest. This result was followed by a 1-0 home win over Wigan Athletic, a 2-4 away victory against Burton Albion, a 1-1 away draw against Fulham, and in their last clash, a 1-0 home victory over Fulham. Deniss Rakels, Harriott and Stephen Quinn, all injured, and Paul McShane, suspended, are all out.
Probable Lineup: Habsi – Llori, Moore and Berg – Gunter, Evans, Swift, Williams and Blackett – Kermorgant and Grabban.
Huddersfield Town has won 3 of the last 8 direct clashes, drawing 2 and losing the remaining 3.
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The emotional capability of facing an entire season in 90 minutos will putted to test this Monday. Both teams show very similar status, although Reading are looking to be in a better form lately. Both teams shall be more focused on the defensive organization and will be very careful not to take any unnecessary risks, knowing that the minimum detail could be decisive.