MATCHWATCH : Sheffield Wednesday (h) sponsored by oh no, not another Saturday home game

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MATCHWATCH : Sheffield Wednesday (h) sponsored by oh no, not another Saturday home game

by Sutekh » 30 Aug 2018 08:27

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When : Saturday 1st September, 3pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161

Reading are to go a hunting their second Saturday home win since April 2017 against Sheffield Wednesday. That magnificent record is compounded further as the club are also looking for their first league win of the season at what will be the sixth attempt.

Sheffield Wednesday didn’t record their first win until 22nd August but they then followed that up with another against Ipswich last Saturday so are sat somewhere comfortable in the middle of the table with 7 points from their first 5 games. They haven’t been travelling too well so far though with only 2 goals to show for their previous efforts at Wigan (lost 3-2) and Brentford (lost 2-0). Most recently they lost at home to Wolves in the League Cup but, unsurprisingly, had made 11 changes from the team that beat Ipswich in the previous game.

The loan window closes on Friday and the Owls are still looking to bring players, the strong rumours being that Danny Batth and Lucas Piazon may well be joining while Ferdinand Forestieri will be off to Leeds. Reading, on the other hand, will only do business if the proverbial “opportunity too good to turn down” comes their way.

After the Reading’s eviction from the League Cup the supposed first choice team will swing back into full effect although it’s debateable whether Paul Clement has actually decided his best XI yet. It wouldn’t surprise me though to see the same line up that started v Villa take to the field unless there’s any late injuries - and we all know how Reading seem to be rather good that those. If there is a change then perhaps Gunter might get a look in at left back but can’t see much beyond that unless PC spots a weakness in the Wednesday team he feels could be exploited.

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Gavin “emergency” Ward will be making the long trek over from Surrey for his first Reading league game in nearly 4 years

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Previously
25 Aug 2015 > Portsmouth 1-2 Reading (League Cup)
20 Dec 2014 > Reading 0-1 Watford
25 Oct 2014 > Reading 3-0 Blackpool
17 Apr 2012 > Reading 1-0 Nottingham Forest
01 Feb 2011 > Cardiff City 2-2 Reading
16 Mar 2010 > Reading 1-0 Queens Park Rangers
11 Aug 2009 > Reading 5-1 Burton Albion (League Cup)

Historically

Not really very many league games played with Wednesday since 1920. Only 22 games in total, meaning just 11 seasons together in the same division, and no league games at all played before 1976. In fact 18 of those 20 games have been played since 2002 so Sheffield Wednesday have been reasonably regular opponents since then.

Only 2 home league games have ended all square including last season’s 0-0. Reading have won 6 and lost 3 of the 11 other league games played in Reading scoring 20 and conceding 8 in the process.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Sheffield Wednesday (h) sponsored by oh no, not another Saturday home game

by Old Man Andrews » 30 Aug 2018 08:31

Gavin Ward is a man who cannot be trusted. He is from Surrey though which is not a million miles away from us, not sure I'd be happy about that if I supported Sheffield Wednesday.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Sheffield Wednesday (h) sponsored by oh no, not another Saturday home game

by royal_rumble » 30 Aug 2018 09:01

Team I would go with, Bacuna did OK yday. Meite is the best we have at winning headers and being physical up against defenders. Sims looks bright so far. We urgently need another CM in on loan.


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Re: MATCHWATCH : Sheffield Wednesday (h) sponsored by oh no, not another Saturday home game

by Old Man Andrews » 30 Aug 2018 09:12

royal_rumble wrote:Team I would go with, Bacuna did OK yday. Meite is the best we have at winning headers and being physical up against defenders. Sims looks bright so far. We urgently need another CM in on loan.


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Yiadom,Moore,Ilori,Blackett

Meyler
Kelly, Bacuna

Sims ,Barrow
Meite


Why the hell would you play Meite? He has been utterly hopeless in the last two games. You're dropping Bodvarsson? Laughable. Baldock and Bodvarsson will start up top, fairly easy decsion for the manager.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Sheffield Wednesday (h) sponsored by oh no, not another Saturday home game

by CountryRoyal » 30 Aug 2018 09:12

Don’t really see where we’re going to get a win from,


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by NewCorkSeth » 30 Aug 2018 10:32

-------------Mannone
Yiadom--Moore--Ilori--Blackett
Sims--Bacuna--Meyler--Barrow
----Bodvarson--Baldock

That back 4 should remain unchanged until Obita is fit. Get some continuity in. Gunter can make bench appearances for fitness and if Blackett is dogshite.

Give Sims a start as other than Aluko we don't have much choice and Barrow is still our best attacking player.

Bacuna is better all round than Kelly or Swift so should be starting and Meyler gets one more chance from me to prove he is everything he says he is. Kelly disappoints me so much and Swift isn't built for a 4-4-2.

Bod and Baldock have to play together. Bod has been industrious and is actually scoring despite his inability to hold up the ball or win a header outside the box and Baldock needs time to start scoring and getting used to his team mates.

We're going to lose. 1-0 at halftime then they score 3 in the second half. Including 1 three minutes after the break.

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by NewCorkSeth » 30 Aug 2018 10:57

Jemzy wrote:
NewCorkSeth wrote:-------------Mannone
Yiadom--Moore--Ilori--Blackett
Sims--Bacuna--Meyler--Barrow
----Bodvarson--Baldock

That back 4 should remain unchanged until Obita is fit. Get some continuity in. Gunter can make bench appearances for fitness and if Blackett is dogshite.

Give Sims a start as other than Aluko we don't have much choice and Barrow is still our best attacking player.

Bacuna is better all round than Kelly or Swift so should be starting and Meyler gets one more chance from me to prove he is everything he says he is. Kelly disappoints me so much and Swift isn't built for a 4-4-2.

Bod and Baldock have to play together. Bod has been industrious and is actually scoring despite his inability to hold up the ball or win a header outside the box and Baldock needs time to start scoring and getting used to his team mates.

We're going to lose. 1-0 at halftime then they score 3 in the second half. Including 1 three minutes after the break.


That team is the best we have until obita is back.

Jesus.

*for this formation.

I still think we should go with a 4-5-1.

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by Hound » 30 Aug 2018 11:10

NewCorkSeth wrote:-------------Mannone
Yiadom--Moore--Ilori--Blackett
Sims--Bacuna--Meyler--Barrow
----Bodvarson--Baldock

That back 4 should remain unchanged until Obita is fit. Get some continuity in. Gunter can make bench appearances for fitness and if Blackett is dogshite.

Give Sims a start as other than Aluko we don't have much choice and Barrow is still our best attacking player.

Bacuna is better all round than Kelly or Swift so should be starting and Meyler gets one more chance from me to prove he is everything he says he is. Kelly disappoints me so much and Swift isn't built for a 4-4-2.

Bod and Baldock have to play together. Bod has been industrious and is actually scoring despite his inability to hold up the ball or win a header outside the box and Baldock needs time to start scoring and getting used to his team mates.

We're going to lose. 1-0 at halftime then they score 3 in the second half. Including 1 three minutes after the break.


Yeah that’s the team I’d pick - though he’ll pick Aluko I expect. Gunter May well come in for Blackett in the next couple of weeks

I’d play that and play pretty direct. Forgot Meyler and Bacuna trying to create anything - keep them back to provide some solidity. Get Baldock and the two wingers to feed off knock downs etc from Bod. Get crosses in and keep a disciplined shape

Meite, Swift, McNulty and Aluko/Sims to provide options from the bench. O Shea if we do need to shut up shop

I think we’ll start to win a few with that set up. Not sure whether that will start Saturday though

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Sheffield Wednesday (h) sponsored by oh no, not another Saturday home game

by NewCorkSeth » 30 Aug 2018 11:43

Hound wrote:
NewCorkSeth wrote:-------------Mannone
Yiadom--Moore--Ilori--Blackett
Sims--Bacuna--Meyler--Barrow
----Bodvarson--Baldock

That back 4 should remain unchanged until Obita is fit. Get some continuity in. Gunter can make bench appearances for fitness and if Blackett is dogshite.

Give Sims a start as other than Aluko we don't have much choice and Barrow is still our best attacking player.

Bacuna is better all round than Kelly or Swift so should be starting and Meyler gets one more chance from me to prove he is everything he says he is. Kelly disappoints me so much and Swift isn't built for a 4-4-2.

Bod and Baldock have to play together. Bod has been industrious and is actually scoring despite his inability to hold up the ball or win a header outside the box and Baldock needs time to start scoring and getting used to his team mates.

We're going to lose. 1-0 at halftime then they score 3 in the second half. Including 1 three minutes after the break.


Yeah that’s the team I’d pick - though he’ll pick Aluko I expect. Gunter May well come in for Blackett in the next couple of weeks

I’d play that and play pretty direct. Forgot Meyler and Bacuna trying to create anything - keep them back to provide some solidity. Get Baldock and the two wingers to feed off knock downs etc from Bod. Get crosses in and keep a disciplined shape

Meite, Swift, McNulty and Aluko/Sims to provide options from the bench. O Shea if we do need to shut up shop

I think we’ll start to win a few with that set up. Not sure whether that will start Saturday though

Probably the tactics we will indeed go with but Bod sadly isn't up to task for that. He loses a surprising amount of aerial duels when playing with his back to the goal. Something Pog thrived at.


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by Hound » 30 Aug 2018 12:04

We’ll see - think he does ok at it personally. Main problem is the ball forward is normally rubbish and he is often isolated

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by NewCorkSeth » 30 Aug 2018 12:06

Isolation and bad balls tend to happen when playing with Aluko..

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by Tilehurstsouthbank » 30 Aug 2018 12:43

NewCorkSeth wrote:
Hound wrote:
NewCorkSeth wrote:-------------Mannone
Yiadom--Moore--Ilori--Blackett
Sims--Bacuna--Meyler--Barrow
----Bodvarson--Baldock

That back 4 should remain unchanged until Obita is fit. Get some continuity in. Gunter can make bench appearances for fitness and if Blackett is dogshite.

Give Sims a start as other than Aluko we don't have much choice and Barrow is still our best attacking player.

Bacuna is better all round than Kelly or Swift so should be starting and Meyler gets one more chance from me to prove he is everything he says he is. Kelly disappoints me so much and Swift isn't built for a 4-4-2.

Bod and Baldock have to play together. Bod has been industrious and is actually scoring despite his inability to hold up the ball or win a header outside the box and Baldock needs time to start scoring and getting used to his team mates.

We're going to lose. 1-0 at halftime then they score 3 in the second half. Including 1 three minutes after the break.


Yeah that’s the team I’d pick - though he’ll pick Aluko I expect. Gunter May well come in for Blackett in the next couple of weeks

I’d play that and play pretty direct. Forgot Meyler and Bacuna trying to create anything - keep them back to provide some solidity. Get Baldock and the two wingers to feed off knock downs etc from Bod. Get crosses in and keep a disciplined shape

Meite, Swift, McNulty and Aluko/Sims to provide options from the bench. O Shea if we do need to shut up shop

I think we’ll start to win a few with that set up. Not sure whether that will start Saturday though

Probably the tactics we will indeed go with but Bod sadly isn't up to task for that. He loses a surprising amount of aerial duels when playing with his back to the goal. Something Pog thrived at.


You're kidding right? For someone well over six foot, Pog was awful in the air.

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by Hound » 30 Aug 2018 12:48

Do wonder if we’ll see us play that line up, but with Meite alongside Bod and sims and Barrow on the flanks. Would give us the option to just play old school get it to the pacy wingers to put in crosses. Reckon it might work at times


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by Coppells Lost Coat » 30 Aug 2018 12:53

Hound wrote:Do wonder if we’ll see us play that line up, but with Meite alongside Bod and sims and Barrow on the flanks. Would give us the option to just play old school get it to the pacy wingers to put in crosses. Reckon it might work at times


Yep, by pass the middle. Pretty sure in our most successful team not much was created by Harper and Sidwell. They just did a oxf*rd ton of running and let the wings create something.

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by Hound » 30 Aug 2018 13:15

Yep. And the fact our current midfield is creating absolutely bugg3r all. Get it forward quickly to our most dangerous players

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by NewCorkSeth » 30 Aug 2018 13:24

Tilehurstsouthbank wrote:
NewCorkSeth wrote:
Hound wrote:
Yeah that’s the team I’d pick - though he’ll pick Aluko I expect. Gunter May well come in for Blackett in the next couple of weeks

I’d play that and play pretty direct. Forgot Meyler and Bacuna trying to create anything - keep them back to provide some solidity. Get Baldock and the two wingers to feed off knock downs etc from Bod. Get crosses in and keep a disciplined shape

Meite, Swift, McNulty and Aluko/Sims to provide options from the bench. O Shea if we do need to shut up shop

I think we’ll start to win a few with that set up. Not sure whether that will start Saturday though

Probably the tactics we will indeed go with but Bod sadly isn't up to task for that. He loses a surprising amount of aerial duels when playing with his back to the goal. Something Pog thrived at.


You're kidding right? For someone well over six foot, Pog was awful in the air.

Nope. Pog, despite all his faults, was capable of top quality hold-up play and was a decent ball winner from aerial duels. His work ethic, dribbling, crossing and passing all pale in comparison to Bod but if he was in this team he would be a better option than Bod. He just suits the tactics a little more. Of course given we have no natural goal scoring talent right now the tactics still wouldn't work to their best..

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by Snowflake Royal » 30 Aug 2018 13:34

Coppells Lost Coat wrote:
Hound wrote:Do wonder if we’ll see us play that line up, but with Meite alongside Bod and sims and Barrow on the flanks. Would give us the option to just play old school get it to the pacy wingers to put in crosses. Reckon it might work at times


Yep, by pass the middle. Pretty sure in our most successful team not much was created by Harper and Sidwell. They just did a oxf*rd ton of running and let the wings create something.

Nonsense. Harper and Sidwell created loads. And Harper was usually the one who started us off by getting it wide and into space early in the first place.

It's Legs and Jem that were extremely bypassed.

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by royal_rumble » 30 Aug 2018 13:48

Old Man Andrews wrote:
royal_rumble wrote:Team I would go with, Bacuna did OK yday. Meite is the best we have at winning headers and being physical up against defenders. Sims looks bright so far. We urgently need another CM in on loan.


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Yiadom,Moore,Ilori,Blackett

Meyler
Kelly, Bacuna

Sims ,Barrow
Meite


Why the hell would you play Meite? He has been utterly hopeless in the last two games. You're dropping Bodvarsson? Laughable. Baldock and Bodvarsson will start up top, fairly easy decsion for the manager.


With the midfield we have, 442 is asking for trouble. Not sure why he is persevering. Bodvarsson has shown he is lightweight and can't hold the ball up.

And Baldock... he of missing from 2 yards out and looking like a poor mans Shane Long? Yep keep him out there.

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by Tilehurstsouthbank » 30 Aug 2018 13:58

NewCorkSeth wrote:
Tilehurstsouthbank wrote:
NewCorkSeth wrote:Probably the tactics we will indeed go with but Bod sadly isn't up to task for that. He loses a surprising amount of aerial duels when playing with his back to the goal. Something Pog thrived at.


You're kidding right? For someone well over six foot, Pog was awful in the air.

Nope. Pog, despite all his faults, was capable of top quality hold-up play and was a decent ball winner from aerial duels. His work ethic, dribbling, crossing and passing all pale in comparison to Bod but if he was in this team he would be a better option than Bod. He just suits the tactics a little more. Of course given we have no natural goal scoring talent right now the tactics still wouldn't work to their best..


From what I recall, he was ok when the ball was played into his feet using his strength but he was usually out-battled in the air by defenders 6 inches shorter than him.

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by Coppells Lost Coat » 30 Aug 2018 14:03

Snowflake Royal wrote:
Coppells Lost Coat wrote:
Hound wrote:Do wonder if we’ll see us play that line up, but with Meite alongside Bod and sims and Barrow on the flanks. Would give us the option to just play old school get it to the pacy wingers to put in crosses. Reckon it might work at times


Yep, by pass the middle. Pretty sure in our most successful team not much was created by Harper and Sidwell. They just did a oxf*rd ton of running and let the wings create something.

Nonsense. Harper and Sidwell created loads. And Harper was usually the one who started us off by getting it wide and into space early in the first place.

It's Legs and Jem that were extremely bypassed.


So playing down the wings, yeah?

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