Sheffield Wednesday vs. Reading: Championship – Match Preview

Two sides in contention for promotion to the Premier League go head to head on Friday evening as Sheffield Wednesday host Reading.

Both sides have dropped off in recent weeks and are separated by just two points.

Wednesday were easily beaten away at Aston Villa last weekend, going down to a 2-0 defeat at Villa Park.

Reading themselves were thrashed 3-0 at Preston, with Tom Barkhuizen scoring twice for the hosts.

Championship form: Sheffield Wednesday W1 D1 L3; Reading W1 D1 L3
Championship top scorers
Sheffield Wednesday – Fernando Forestieri 11 goals
Reading – Yann Kermogant 9 goals

Match history
Reading won the fixture earlier in the season, edging to a narrow home success 2-1.

Wednesday haven’t beaten Reading in four games, since a 1-0 win back in 2014.

Last five Championship meetings
Reading 2 Sheffield Wednesday 1 – 10/12/16
Reading 1 Sheffield Wednesday 1 – 23/01/16
Sheffield Wednesday 1 Reading 1 – 19/08/15
Reading 2 Sheffield Wednesday 0 – 31/01/15
Sheffield Wednesday 1 Reading 0 – 20/09/14

Draw HT / Sheffield Wednesday FT –  4/1 with 888 Sport

Team news
Tom Lees is set to deputise in defence for the suspended Vincent Sasso, who was dismissed in the loss to Villa.

Callum McManaman remains out injured, whilst both Fernando Forestieri and Gary Hooper are doubts.

Liam Moore is set to return to the starting XI for Reading here and will partner injury doubt Paul McShane.

Jordan Mutch has a hip issue, but is likely to be available from the subs bench.

Expected starting XI’s
Sheffield Wednesday (4-4-2): Westwood; Hunt, Lees, Loovens, Fox; Wallace, Jones, Bannan, Reach; Winnall, Rhodes
Reading (4-3-3): Al Habsi; Gunter, McShane, Moore, Blackett; Williams, Berg, Swift; Grabban, Kermogant, McCleary

Predictions

Result: Sheffield Wednesday (17/20 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 2-0 (17/2 with Paddy Power)

Anytime Goalscorer: Jordan Rhodes (5/3 with 888 Sport)

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