Hillsborough is certain to be packed to the rafters on Friday evening as Sheffield Wednesday welcome fellow promotion hopefuls Reading to South Yorkshire in what is a hugely important match for both sides. Jaap Stam’s men enjoy a two point advantage heading into this match, however they will certainly be smarting from their 3-0 defeat at Preston North End’s Deepdale in their last outing on Saturday afternoon.
Tom Barkhuizen scored twice for the Lilywhites as they completely dominated in front of a vocal home support and Horgan also slotted home to keep Preston’s slim play-off hopes alive, however the Royals will be looking to bounce back from this disappointment by collecting all three points at Hillsborough.
Do we fancy their chances? To be completely honest, not really. Reading might remain very much in contention for a play-off place at the end of the season but this won’t be any thanks to their away record which has been pretty abysmal of late. The Royals have managed just a single point from their last four Championship games on the road and they have leaked six goals without reply in their last two. This isn’t the sort of form one expects from a side fighting for a top-six finish and it isn’t one which leads us to believe that they can manage anything form their visit to Sheffield on Friday.
The Owls have slipped up a couple of times at home recently but one the whole they are pretty solid on home turf and we expect them to leapfrog their opponents by securing a maximum points haul in this match.