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.
Gavin “emergency” Ward will be making the long trek over from Surrey for his first Reading league game in nearly 4 years
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)
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.
How to follow the game
- Get a ticket and travel to the Mad Stad
- Listen to Radio 5 Live and/or a myriad of other radio stations for score flashes
- Ring/text a mate for updates
- Use an iFollow subscription
- BBC Radio Berkshire (FM : 104.4, 104.1 or 95.4 depending where you are in the area)