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Sheffield Wednesday v Reading FC: Match Preview

Reading FC travel to Hillsborough to face a Sheffield Wednesday that lost away to Ipswich at the weekend; Phil Owtram provides a preview of the match.

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Sheffield Wednesday

Form (all comps): LWWWL

Sheffield Wednesday will give teenage goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith his first league start for the club after Keiren Westwood injured his kidneys in The Owls defeat to Ipswich at the weekend. Coach Carlos Carvalhal will give late tests to skipper Glenn Loovens and Sam Hutchinson, who have knocks.

Sheff Weds vs. Reading:19 August 2015 19:45 KO Hillsborough Stadium, SheffieldReferee: Paul Tierney

Reading

Form (all comps): DWLDL

Reading will wait to receive clearance before deciding whether new loan signing Alex Fernandez can play a part in the game after the midfielder joined for the season from Espanyol. Another new signing, Paolo Hurtado has received his work permit and is working on his fitness but this one may come too soon. Pavel Pogrebnyak, Garath McCleary and Dominic Samuel will also miss out.

Lineups From Last Game

Sheffield Wednesday FC: Westwood (Wildsmith 59), Loovens, Hunt, Hutchinson (Nuhiu 62), Lees, Wallace, McGugan (Lee 79), Lopez, Helan, Matias, Joao.

Reading FC: Bond, Ferdinand, McShane, Gunter, Quinn (Tshibola 77), Robson-Kanu, Williams, Norwood (Hector 89), Obita, Sa, Blackman (Cox 83).

What The Opposition Think

I think with the money we've spent I don't think I'm being unreasonable to expect a playoff push for us. I think we're still way off being title contenders, but if we can push for 6th come the end of the season I'll be happy.

Last Five Meetings

31 Jan 2015: Reading 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday (League Championship)

20 Sep 2014: Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Reading (League Championship)

08 Feb 2014: Reading 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday (League Championship)

02 Nov 2013: Sheffield Wednesday 5-2 Reading (League Championship)

27 Feb 2010: Reading 5-0 Sheffield Wednesday (League Championship)

Head To Head

Reading Wins: 8,  Draws: 2, Sheffield Wednesday Wins: 8.

YouTube History

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Prediction

Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Reading