Reading form: DWLDWWDLLD
Sheffield Wednesday form: DLWLWWLLWW
Match odds: Home win: 21/21 Draw: 5/2 Away win: 29/10
- Reading have not beaten Sheffield Wednesday since 2010, when they came out 5-0 winners.
- Reading have only lost once at home under new boss Steve Clarke.
- Both club have recently been taken over by Thai consortium.
In keeping with a rather frustratingly inconsistent tradition for the supporters, the Royals followed up a victory in the FA Cup 4th round at fellow Championship side Cardiff last weekend with a drab 0-0 draw against 10 men Millwall at midweek. Steve Clarke’s men seem to be struggling to hit the back of late, and have only managed a total of 9 goals in there last 10 games in all competitions. The search for a striker took another setback this week after target Glenn Murray, who spent the first half of the season on loan at the Berkshire club, sign a new contract with his parent club Crystal Palace. Reading are yet to bring in any reinforcements for their depleted forward line in the transfer window, with Nathaniel Chalobah and Jure Travner the only new additions to the squad. Midfield duo Danny Guthrie and Hope Akpan could return following injuries, however Gunter and Ferdinand will miss out for the home side.
Sheffield Wednesday enjoyed a welcome boost this week after it emerged that a Thai consortium, headed by Dejphon Chansiri who is a businessman in a deal estimated to be worth upwards of £30 million. The Owls visit Berkshire without a win in their last two league fixtures, following a run of three consecutive victories without conceding a goal prior to this. Wednesday have the second tightest defence in the division and came out victorious in the earlier fixture between these two sides somewhat unsurprisingly 1-0 and they will hope to return to winning ways with a similar scoreline at the Madejski on saturday. Will Keane, Sam Hutchinson and Joe Mattock all appear to be pushing for a start this weekend after all recovering from respective injuries.
Both sets of supporters may be coming into this game without a clear idea in their own head of how this fixture is likely to pan out. The Royals certainly have improved under new manager Steve Clarke and are a lot harder to break down, their defensive record a lot healthier since the Scots appointment. However, they’re still missing that goalscorer to finish off the attacks which has hampered the Berkshire side all season. Sheffield Wednesday are in a much more promising league position than their hosts this weekend sitting in 9th in the table. Although a play off push may be seen as a bit too much of an ask, a positive result could push the Owls back to form and a surprise rise up the table could be on the cards. I think this game will end in a 1-1 draw.