Pundit David Prutton has told Sky Sports that he thinks Preston will beat Reading 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.

The international break is over, and North End return to action this weekend. Two weeks since hammering Barnsley 5-1 at Deepdale, Preston are on the road this weekend.

It’s a trip to the Madejski Stadium this weekend, with Reading the opponents. They sacked boss Jose Gomes over the international break, and bizarrely replaced him with sporting director Mark Bowen.

Mark Bowen at Southampton. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)


The decision hasn’t been met well, with Reading fans beyond confused. Reading have lost five of their last six, taking just one point from a possible 18, which ultimately resulted in Gomes getting the chop.

Conversely, North End have dropped just six points in the last eight Championship games. All of that would feasibly make Preston favourites, but our record against the Royals isn’t great.

North End have lost their last three games against Reading, whilst five of the last six trips to Berkshire have ended in defeat. The Madejski isn’t a happy hunting ground for Preston, and Alex Neil will be looking to end that run tomorrow.

Preston players celebrate against Barnsley. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

Now, pundit Prutton has offered his view on the game, suggesting that Preston will be ‘too good’ for Reading, and will claim a 2-1 win. Additionally, Prutton has admitted he didn’t see Reading appointing Bowen, and thinks he faces one of the toughest challenges in the Championship by taking on Preston this weekend.

“Mark Bowen has got a bit of work to do to win over the home fans at the Madejski after his move from sporting director to manager of Reading. I certainly didn’t see it coming,” said Prutton. “There aren’t many tougher challenges in the Championship than facing Preston at the moment, although Alex Neil’s side are much better at home than away. That being said, I still fancy them to be too good for Reading.

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