Huddersfield Town vs Reading: Who Will Reach The Premier League?

The richest game in world football – The Championship playoff final. Nerves, excitement, devastation and glory. Huddersfield and Reading are the latest sides to experience the emotions of the playoff final.

Huddersfield triumphed on penalties against Sheffield Wednesday, while Reading edged out Fulham. Reading and Huddersfield both beating very difficult opposition, Fulham were one of the favourites to go up via the playoffs, while Sheffield Wednesday were in the final last season and had been in good form in the final games of the season.

Both Jaap Stam and David Wagner have done exceptional jobs this season, especially Wagner – Huddersfield were not expected to be anywhere near this position this season, Wagner has now given Huddersfield a chance of reaching the Premier League. Jaap Stam has done a fantastic job in getting Reading to the playoff final, he led them to a third place finish in league – A great achievement when you consider the teams who were fighting for promotion at the start of the season, Reading finished above the likes of, Fulham, Norwich, Aston Villa and Derby who were all contenders for promotion before a ball was kicked.

This will be a tight and tense game, there is obviously a lot riding on it. Usually the odd goal will win a game like this, it is doubtful that the game will be an open one, especially in the first 10 minutes or so, Both teams will want to keep it tight and stay in the game for as long as possible. Reading and Huddersfield like to have a lot of the ball, it will be intriguing to see which side sees more of the ball in this game.

Whoever comes out on top, both sides have done remarkably well to be in this position. The team that misses out will surely be contenders for next season. The team that wins can look forward to visits from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool. The playoff final is always a great occasion, the fans come to Wembley in force and provide a wonderful atmosphere. This years final, in my opinion is one of the most intriguing finals over the last few seasons.

Prediction:

This is a very tough game to call, it is almost impossible to pick a winner. However if I had to go for either side, I would fancy Huddersfield to just edge it, they have an awful lot of fight in them and I think that might just be the difference.

Huddersfield Town 2 Reading 1