Huddersfield vs. Reading: Championship Play-Off Final – Match Preview

Huddersfield and Reading meet on Monday afternoon with a place in the Premier League awaiting the winner.

Huddersfield overcame their Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday in the semi-finals.

The tie finished level after two legs, although Huddersfield won via a penalty shoot-out.

Reading edged out Fulham at the same stage, progressing thanks to a Yann Kermogant penalty.

The first leg finished 1-1, with Reading winning 1-0 in the home tie.

Enhanced match odds

Huddersfield 8/1 or Reading 12/1 with Betfair*

Reading to beat Huddersfield: 12/1 with Paddy Power*

Form guide: Huddersfield W0 D3 L2; Reading W2 D2 L1
Championship top scorers
Huddersfield – Elias Kachunga 12 goals
Reading – Yann Kermogant 19 goals

Match history
Both teams won the home fixture 1-0 in the Championship league campaign.

Of the last six meetings, both have won twice and two draws.

Last five meetings (Championship unless stated)
Huddersfield 1 Reading 0 – 21/02/17
Reading 1 Huddersfield 0 – 24/09/16
Huddersfield 3 Reading 1 – 08/03/16
Reading 5 Huddersfield 2 (FA Cup replay) – 19/01/16
Huddersfield 2 Reading 2 (FA Cup Third Round) – 09/01/16

Over 1.5 goals – 9/20 with Winner

Team news
Kasey Palmer has missed the last three months and is unlikely to feature for Huddersfield.

Elias Kachunga is likely to be among the substitutes as he recovers from his own issue.

Paul McShane is suspended following a straight red card in the first leg of the semi-final.

Tyler Blackett could start in a wide role, with Jordan Obita is a big doubt.

Expected starting XI’s
Huddersfield (4-2-3-1): Ward; Smith, Schinlder, Hefele, Lowe; Hogg, Mooy; Kachunga, Brown, Parra; Wells
Reading (3-5-2): Al Habsi; Ilori, Moore, Berg; Gunter, Evans, Swift, Williams, Blackett; Kermogant, Grabban

Predictions

Result: Reading (12/1 with Betfair)*

Correct Score: 1-2 (14/1 with Sky Bet)

Anytime Goalscorer: Yann Kermogant (11/4 with Bet 365)

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