Sheffield Wednesday can deny Leeds a first victory of the season
Should we be assessing Wednesday’s draw with Reading with relief or disappointment?
A last-minute equaliser generally takes a team into their next match on a high but, in greater context, it was disappointing that the Owls failed to put on a show against a side that seemed to low on confidence arriving at Hillsborough.
Reading didn’t play like a team short of self-belief, however, bossing proceedings pretty much throughout despite only troubling Wednesday’s debutant keeper Lewis Price on rare occasions. It was only a mistake from Price’s opposite number, Jonathan Bond, that gifted Carlos Carvalhal’s team a point and they’ll have to play better in this weekend’s Yorkshire derby at Elland Road.
Sheffield Wednesday have done quite well against Leeds United in recent seasons having only lost two of their last seven meetings – anyone remember the 6-0 at Hillsborough 18 months ago? Atdhe Nuhui and Glenn Loovens played in that game but the former missed the game against Reading and latter had to be replaced in the match itself after aggravating an injury. Neither are likely to feature at Elland Road but there are hopes that Kieren Westwood will be fit enough to take over between the posts again and former Leeds defender Tom Lees will line-up against his former club.
Manager Uwe Rosler is desperate for his side to get their first win on the board but he has some fiery individuals in his squad who will have to keep their discipline in front of the TV cameras in a derby match that is usually fiercely competitive – there were 11 yellow cards handed out in the two matches between the teams last season.
Wednesday are 1/2 getting a goal start on the handicap and we are offering 43/20 that this latest Yorkshire derby ends all-square. Both teams to score is 5/6.
The match kicks off at 12.30pm on Saturday, August 22nd at Elland Road