Blackpool vs Reading prediction, preview, team news & more

Blackpool host Reading at Bloomfield Road on Saturday in the opening weekend of the new EFL Championship season.

The Seasiders enjoyed a strong campaign when promoted to the Championship last season. They finished 16th in the league, collecting 60 points from 46 games, their third best points tally in the second tier of English football in the 21st century.

Blackpool had a difficult pre-season as they faced several top sides including Leeds United, Rangers and Everton. However, they will seek to build on these experiences in the next campaign.

Reading, meanwhile, struggled to impress in the Championship last season as they suffered the third-most defeats in the division, with only relegated Peterborough United and Barnsley losing more games. They finished just outside the drop zone in 21st place with 41 points in 46 games.

The Royals suffered mixed results in the off-season but will be aiming for a strong start to the league campaign this weekend.


Head to head Blackpool v Reading

Saturday’s match will mark the 45th meeting between Blackpool and Reading. The hosts have won 14 of their previous clashes while the visitors have won 18 times. There have been 12 draws between the two teams.

The two teams last met in a league clash last season, with the Seasiders winning 4-1.

Blackpool form guide (all competitions): LWLLW

Reading Form Guide (all competitions): LWDLL


Blackpool vs Reading Team News

Blackpool

The hosts have a few injuries ahead of their weekend opener, including Kevin Stewart, Jake Beesley, Jordan Gabriel and James Husband.

injured: Kevin Stewart, Jake Beesley, Jordan Gabriel, James Mari

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

While reading

Lucas Joao came off injured against Brighton last time out and is a doubt for this one. Former Premier League duo Scott Dann and Shane Long are both injured and will not play here.

injured:Scott Dann, Shane Long

Doubtful: Lucas Joao

Suspended: None


Blackpool vs Reading Predicted XI

Blackpool Predicted XI (4-5-1): Daniel Grimshaw; Callum Connolly, Richard Keogh, Rhys Williams, Luke Garbutt; Matthew Virtue-Thick, Lewis Fiorini, Sonny Carey, Josh Bowler, Keshi Anderson; Gary Madine

Reading of the predicted XI (4-2-3-1):Joe Lumley; Thomas Holmes, Sam Hutchinson, Tom McIntyre, Andy Yiadom; Tyrese Fornah, Jeff Hendrick; Junior Hoilett, Ovie Ejaria, Thomas Ince; Yakou Meite


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Prediction Blackpool vs Reading

Blackpool ended the previous campaign with just two wins in their last 10 games. They have lost three of their last four pre-season games and will be desperate for a good start to the season.

Reading lost their last three games of the previous campaign, scoring no goals in all three outings. They have won just one of their four friendlies this month and may have to settle for a point here.

Prediction: Blackpool 1-1 Play


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