Reading unlikely to leave themselves open too often at Hillsborough
Carlos Carvalhal faces his first real test as Sheffield Wednesday head coach after Saturday’s bruising encounter at Ipswich left several players carrying knocks.
Poor old Sam Hutchinson looks like he’ll be spending yet more time on the sidelines and Glenn Loovens and Kieren Westwood are also doubts for the visit of Reading.
In the plus column, however, is the fact that Wednesday are back at Hillsborough where they’ve already scored six times this season. There was a first goal for Ross Wallace at Portman Road but, despite late pressure, the Owls forfeited their unbeaten record in East Anglia and now need to show their mettle.
If Westwood fails to recover, there could be a first Championship start for 20-year-old Joe Wildsmith in goal as second choice Lewis Price is still injured. Rhoys Wiggins is back in training and could be close to a recall and Kieron Lee may also feature but Stevie May still appears out of favour. Wednesday are looking to make Hillsborough a fortress this season so can’t afford an early slip up against the Royals, who on early evidence, could struggle this season.
The Owls have won their last two meetings with Reading at Hillsborough by a 6-2 aggregate but had only won the fixture once previously in South Yorkshire in more than 30 years. We make Wednesday 23/20Add to betslip to collect maximum points in this one but it might not be a game blessed with a host of goalscoring opportunities as Reading manager Steve Clarke kept things tight when his team played Leeds on Sunday and their three matches to date this season have only produced four goals. Maybe backing under 2.5 goals in our Totals market will pay dividends at 4/6Add to betslip.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Wednesday, August 19th at Hillsborough
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