PREVIEW: Reading -v- Wednesday

PREVIEW: Reading -v- Wednesday

The Owls go on their travels after a successful run of home games, can they make it four league wins in a row or will Reading royally mess those plans up?

The Owls made the leap into the top six against Leeds, can they cement that play off spot against Reading?

 

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Leeds (H) W 2-0 11 5 2 2 11 47%
READING Huddersfield (H) W 5-2 15 10 7 0 6 54%

 

 

Wednesday beat Leeds but that was overshadowed by Steve Evans blubbering over the referee’s decision to disallow a goal after he started play in the midst of a substitution. The Owls had one or two shaky moments but had more than enough in the tank to see off the challenge of their West Yorkshire rivals.

Reading took full advantage of a Huddersfield red card and recovered from a 2-0 deficit to comfortably win 5-2, Matej Vydra was the star netting a hat-trick as the Royals advanced to Round 4 of the FA Cup.

 

 

Last five games Leeds(h) Bolton (h) Fulham(h) Fulham(a) Middlesbrough(a)
WEDNESDAY W 2-0 W 3-2 W 2-1 W 1-0 L 1-0
Last five games Huddersfield(h) MK Dons (a) Derby(a) Huddersfield (a) Bristol C (h)
READING W 5-2 L 1-0 D 1-1 D 2-2 W 1-0

 

 

Wednesday have won four games in a row, their best run of form since March/April 2012, you have to look back to November 2011 for the last time the Owls won five on the bounce, admittedly two of those were FA Cup games but the Owls have won six out of the last seven, enviable form in anybody’s book, the Owls will be looking to an improvement in their away form though, maintaining the home form plus netting a few more wins away would propel the Owls up the table, to date the Owls have won just three times on their travels.

Reading netted their first win in Brian McDermott’s second spell at the Madejski, the Royals stadium has been a pretty tough place to visit though as only three teams have come away from Berkshire with all three points.

 

 

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS READING WINS DRAWS
8 8 3

LAST MEETING: 19th August 2015,Hillsborough,Att – 20,247

Wednesday 1-1 Reading

(M.Sougou 90)(D.Williams 49)

Wednesday had an off night and were extremely fortunate to get a point in the last meeting, Sougou’s equaliser saved the Owls.

The Owls lost on their last trip to the Madejski and generally find Berkshire a tough place to come to having on six of their last seven journeys to Reading including 6-0 and 5-0 shellackings in successive seasons.

The sole victory came in February 2014 as Chris Maguire and Benik Afobe gave the Owls fans something to smile about.

 

 

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

The Owls completed a deal to secure Gary Hooper’s services and he is eligible to play in Berkshire. Joe Bennett could also make his debut after signing on loan for the remainder of the season from Aston Villa.

Joe Wildsmith and Keiren Westwood remain doubtful so the Owls could persevere with third string goalkeeper Lewis Price.

Reading signed Yann Kermorgant from AFC Bournemouth and he could make his debut here.

PRICE

HUNT

SASSO

SASSO

LOOVENS

LOOVENS

PUDIL

PUDIL

WALLACE

WALLACE

HUTCHINSON

HUTCHINSON

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

LEE

LEE

BANNAN

BANNAN

HOOPER

HOOPER

KEY PLAYERS

Lewis Price has been a backup for the majority of his career but with injuries to Wildsmith and Westwood, he has his chance to shine against one of the shot happiest sides in the division. He kept a clean sheet against Leeds but did have a couple of dodgy moments.

Matej Vydra hasn’t had the goalscoring success in Berkshire that he did at Watford having netted just twice in the league this term, that being said a midweek trio of goals has given him a boost of confidence and he will have to be watched.

 

 

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Reading WIN DRAW Hooper 1st Goal Correct Score 2-2
BEST ODDS 13/5 13/10 12/5 7/1 17/1
BOOKIES Bookies Badge Bet365 Bookies Badge Skybet BetVictor-logo BetVictor-logo BetVictor-logo

 

 

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

There’s one thing that Carlos Carvalhal hasn’t quite nailed this season and that’s our away form and it’s one of the few areas that the Owls have regressed this season.

We’re still fairly difficult to beat and we’ll keep fighting until the end but too many sloppy goals have been conceded and it’s something that if we can stop that and keep our home form going, the top two would be an outside possibility.

the absence of Tom Lees and our top two goalkeepers doesn’t help but it’s a game we can win but it’s also one we have to be at our very best to get anything.

Don’t be deceived by the lowly league position, Reading are as dangerous as anyone on their day and can give us a lot of problems especially after that confidence boosting win midweek. We’re a better side than Huddersfield but we’ll find it tough going here.

VERDICT: 2-2

Danny (D-Good) Owls Alive
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