Sheffield Wednesday



26/01/2018 | 7:45 pm




26/01/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: The Championship’s 17th placed side plays the team in 18th, as Sheffield Wednesday host Reading in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Last time: These two played out a goalless draw at the Madejski towards the end of November. Although Reading dominated large periods of the game, the visitors almost won it late on but Jordan Rhodes couldn’t convert a header.

This time: Sheffield Wednesday are 6/5 for the win, while Reading are 13/5 and the draw is 12/5.

You might remember: Kevin Doyle hitting a hat-trick as the Royals smashed Wednesday 6-0 in 2008. Reading won their next home game against the Owls 5-0, but Wednesday exacted a measure of revenge a couple of years later by recording a 5-2 victory against the South Yorkshire club.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Sheffield Wednesday’s famous Hillsborough Stadium

Neither Sheffield Wednesday or Reading are finding their seasons in the Championship particularly enjoyable at present, so the prospect of an FA Cup run would be very welcome for both sets of supporters.

Sheffield Wednesday are 6/5 to pick up the win, and temporarily lift the gloom that’s hanging over Hillsborough. The Owls were expected to mount another challenge to reach the Premier League this season after losing out in the semi-finals of the play-offs last term, but they’re now 14 points adrift of sixth placed Sheffield United.

Reading are 13/5 for the victory, and in a similar position in the league. The Royals were beaten on penalties by Huddersfield in last season’s play-off final, but are now just four points clear of the relegation zone. It’s been a disaster of a campaign so far, but a good showing in the cup would go some way to restoring confidence in the previously impressive Stam.

The draw is 12/5, and could be a decent bet considering there’s only three points separating the sides in the Championship table. Reading would be happy to take the Owls back to the Madejski, and a second goalless draw in as many months between these two is priced at 15/2.

On the other hand, if you fancy the teams to open up away from the pressure of the league and serve up a tie that’s befitting of the world’s oldest cup competition’s exalted history, an over 4.5 goals bet is 9/1.

Match Summary


Look out for:

Goals, because they could be hard to come by. Wednesday have scored just two in their last five games, while Reading haven’t fared much better over the same number of fixtures. Their three goals all came in their FA Cup third round replay against Stevenage, with an under 1.5 goals bet in this one priced at 52/25.


We fancy:

Sheffield Wednesday to win to nil at 5/2. Reading’s win over League Two Stevenage is their only victory since the start of December. The visitors are low on confidence, and have failed to score in six of their last nine games. The Owls aren’t scoring many at the moment, with a 1-0 scoreline available at 13/2.


It’s a long shot, but:

There’s a history of goals in this fixture, despite both team’s more recent struggles. Wednesday are 18/1 to score four or more goals, while Reading are 40/1 for the same bet. If you think former glories will be relived by one of the teams hitting five or more, you can get 66/1 on the hosts and 150/1 on the Royals.

Written by Oli Coates

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