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News March 5, 2021

The Owls travel to Berkshire to take on Reading at the Madejski Stadium as they go head to head in the Championship tomorrow.

Tom Pearce, Wednesday Picks predictor (@tompearce97)

It was a very disappointing start for Darren Moore as they conceded seven minutes deep into injury time to lose against Rotherham on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Reading continued their push for promotion by beating Blackburn Rovers at home in the week.

A win for Wednesday could bring them closer to a safety spot if results go their way.

This will be the 31st meeting between the two sides, the first coming in 1929 in the FA Cup in which Reading came out 1-0 winners.

It has been pretty even over the years, Wednesday winning on 12 occasions and Reading winning on 11.

The reverse fixture finished 1-1 in December but how will tomorrow’s game play out?

We take a look…

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In Focus

1. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the first half? No

The Owls have scored just two goals in the first 45 minutes in their last five games, both of them coming in the match against Luton.

They have a much better record in the first period than they do in the second when away from home, though.

The thing is, Reading have kept a clean sheet in the first half in 71% of their home games this campaign.

2. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the second half? No

Moore’s side scored in the second period on Wednesday night thanks to an own goal.

However, they have failed to score in the second 45 minutes in 82% of their away games this season.

Reading do concede more goals in the second half when at the Madejski. With 12 goals from 17, they are averaging 0.71 goals against per second half at home.

3. How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday score? 0

When Moore has had time with the squad, there is no doubt that they will play more attacking football.

He won’t have had much time on the training pitches, though, and Wednesday have failed to score in over half of their away games this season.

Reading have a decent defensive record so far this campaign, keeping seven clean sheets at home.

With 20 goals conceded from 17 games, they are currently averaging 1.18 goals against per home game.

4. Will Callum Paterson score? No

Paterson is the clubs top goal-scorer this season, finding the net on six occasions in the league.

It’s been a while since his last goal, with it coming in the 4-1 loss to Millwall at the start of last month.

He has a decent record against Reading, scoring three times in the five appearances he’s made against them.

5. Will Josh Windass assist a goal? No

The midfielder hasn’t set up his teammates on too many occasions this campaign.

In fact, he has two assists to his name, with his last one coming in the 1-0 win over Bournemouth in November.

This will be his third appearance against Reading in his career, failing to register an assist in the previous two games against them.

6. How many saves will Sheffield Wednesday goalkeepers make? 4+

Joe Wildsmith made three saves against Rotherham in the week.

Between him and the other two goalkeepers who have played between the sticks this season, they have made 111 saves. That’s an average of 3.36 saves per game.

Reading do tend to keep opposition goalkeepers busy, though.

With 151 shots on goal in 31 games, they are averaging 4.44 shots on target per game.

Quickfire

  • How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday concede? 2
  • How many tackles will Sam Hutchinson make? 2
  • How many shots on target will Sheffield Wednesday have? 3
  • How many shots on target will Barry Bannan have? 0

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