Sheff Wed vs Reading Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions
In a sentence: Reading travel to Sheffield Wednesday in this Championship preview, for Paul Clement’s sixth game in charge.
Last time: Wednesday easily saw off Reading when the two clashed in the FA Cup back in January. Atdhe Nuhiu scored the first two goals for the hosts, with George Boyd adding a third and a late Cameron Dawson own goal providing little consolation to the Royals.
This time: The Owls are 13/10 to win, Reading are 2/1 and a draw is 9/4 in these Championship predictions.
You might remember: Until this season, Clement’s side hadn’t lost to Sheffield Wednesday since 2014, when Stevie May scored the only goal at Hillsborough.
Sheffield Wednesday's Last Six:
Won: 4 Drawn: 0 Lost: 2
Sam Hutchinson is out for the rest of the season, having gone off against Preston last month, and is joined on the sidelines by Gary Hooper, who has yet to feature for Wednesday in 2018. Jos Luhukay has, however, been able to recall Fernando Forestieri, who has started the last two matches.
Reading's Last Six:
Won: 2 Drawn: 1 Lost: 3
Leandro Bacuna has one more game left on his suspension following a red card against Fulham. Fellow winger Callum Harriot is also set to miss out, with left-back Jordan Obita still recovering from a knee operation. That could see either Tyler Blackett or Omar Richards start in defence, as one of few changes from their last game.
Sheffield Wednesday may have little to play for in Saturday’s game against Reading, but they’ll surely be the more confident of the two sides. Paul Clement’s arrival at the Madjeski Stadium has certainly had an impact on the Royals, although they have a long way to go to rediscover their form of last season.
Wednesday are 13/10 to win and, for the first time in a while, have a range of attacking options to choose from. Jordan Rhodes scored in his side’s win over Hull, Atdhe Nuhiu hit the target in his last start and Lucas Joao provided an assist in his. For a team that suffered from their reliance on Gary Hooper, they appear to have found their scoring touch again.
A Reading victory is 2/1, and the visitors have won as many games away as they have at home this season. Their change in manager has seen them win twice after nine games without doing so, which will certainly boost their chances in football betting tips for the weekend.
A draw is 9/4, although it’s unlikely to be popular amongst weekend football predictions, given the two sides have drawn just once in each of their last seven matches.
Nuhiu is 17/10 to score, making him favourite in this match’s football predictions, and has been in decent goalscoring form of late, having drawn level with Hooper as Wednesday’s top scorer. With Rhodes breathing down his neck, the goals mustn’t dry up for the Kosovan if he is to keep his spot in the starting XI.
Modou Barrow, meanwhile, is 13/4 to net anytime and has 10 league goals to his name already this season. Barrow’s goal secured Reading’s last win, against Preston, and football betting tips and predictions highlight his pace as a threat to the Owls this weekend.
Fernando Forestieri. The Argentine is highly rated by his manager, is able to play both in midfield and up to and has done so in his last two games. This flexibility makes the attacker difficult to mark, as evidenced by his goals against Preston North End and Queens Park Rangers. Forestieri is 2/1 to score anytime.
Wednesday to win and both teams to score at 7/2. Luhukay’s side haven’t kept many clean sheets recently, but this hasn’t stopped them from taking three points.
Its a long shot, but...
Reading to win 1-0 at 10/1. The Royals have seen off both QPR and Preston by one goal and football score predictions certainly don’t discount them repeating the feat.
Written by Greg Murray
Greg Murray focused on watching football rather than playing it after realising he wasn’t going to be the next Gianfranco Zola. Writing prolifically on Italian football while keeping an eye on the game around the world, Greg has also turned his pen to the aviation industry and the betting market.