Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Madejski Stadium will host Saturday’s Carabao Cup clash between Reading and Colchester. The Royals kicked off preseason with a 2-1 win over Gillingham, but they failed to impress in a 4-1 loss to Tottenham. Reading are eager to return to winning ways, and they will not have a better chance than this to do so. A man to watch in the home team will be Romania international George Puskas, who scored 12 goals in the Championship last term.
Colchester, on the other hand, failed to secure promotion to the League One as they were beaten by Exeter in the League Two playoffs. The visitors did well to beat Wealdstone in their first warm-up game, but they will have a much bigger fish to dry in the Carabao Cup game against Reading. When the two clubs met in the EFL Cup five years ago Reading defeated Colchester on penalties.