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02 December 2020 Venue Hillsborough Attendance

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Match preview: Owls v Reading

2 December 2020

Sheffield Wednesday are back at Hillsborough this evening where we face Reading after Saturday’s goalless draw with Stoke.

The Owls have picked up a point in each of the last two outings against strong opposition in the form of Swansea and the Potters.

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Reading, meanwhile, have enjoyed a strong start to the campaign and head to Hillsborough just outside the top six on goal difference.

The Royals recently slipped to four successive defeats in late October, running through November but returned to winning ways last weekend by defeating Bristol City 3-1 on home soil.

Here’s all you need to know ahead of the game;

MATCH DETAILS

- Date: Wednesday 2 December
- Kick-off, 7.45pm
- Championship
- Hillsborough

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OFFICIALS

Referee - Oliver Langford
Assistant Referee - Robert Merchant
Assistant Referee - James Wilson
Fourth Official - Andy Woolmer

WATCH LIVE

This game has been selected for Sky Sports coverage in the UK, so there will be no regular option on iFollow to watch this match, save Season Ticket holders.

Commentary will be available as normal with Rob O'Neill and John Pearson calling the action from S6.

TEAM NEWS

SWFC: Dominic Iorfa continues to edge closer to his return to action and is back out on the training pitches.

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Josh Windass serves the final game of his three-match suspension, while Keiren Westwood (groin) remains sidelined.

Elsewhere, there are no fresh injuries from the 0-0 draw with Stoke on Saturday.

Reading: Striker George Puscas (hernia) is ruled out, while winger Yakou Méïté (ankle) is expected to feature at Hillsborough. Meite has scored four in his last five games.

Playmaker John Swift (hamstring) has been out for three months through injury but is closing in on a return and could make it this month, but tonight’s game will come too soon.

Andy Yiadom and Felipe Araruna both have knee injuries that see them sidelined.

Former Wednesday striker Lucas Joao is the club's top scorer with 12 goals.

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FORM GUIDE

Wednesday: WDLDD
Reading: LLLDW

LAST FIVE v Reading

Owls 0-3 Reading – 15 February 2020 – Championship
Reading 1-3 Owls – 3 August 2019 – Championship
Owls 0-0 Reading – 9 February 2019 – Championship
Reading 1-2 Owls – 1 September 2018 – Championship
Owls 3-0 Reading – 21 April 2018 – Championship

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Match Reports

Report: Wednesday 1-1 Reading

2 December 2020

Ten-man Wednesday held out for a hard-earned draw as play-off contenders Reading missed out on all three points.

Callum Paterson gave the Owls the lead before Liam Shaw saw red and ex-Owl Lucas Joao extended his purple patch in front of goal.

The Royals went on to dominate but a well-drilled home defence held firm to ensure both sides took a share of the spoils.

A lively opening saw chances at both ends, one that was missed and the other converted.

The Royals may well have felt frustration as they were out of the traps apace and could have taken the lead six minutes in.

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Omar Richards threaded a fine ball through to Joao, who could only drag his shot across Joe Wildsmith and wide.

And the visitors paid the full price five minutes later as the Owls hit the front. Kadeem Harris found Adam Reach down the left and the cross was inch perfect for Paterson to neatly nod into the far corner.

Reading kept their composure and promptly came within a whisker of levelling. Michael Olise lined up a set piece 20 yards out and his curling effort smashed against the foot of the post.

But on the half-hour mark, the Owls suffered a blow as they were reduced to 10 men. Shaw’s challenge on Richards was deemed dangerous and the midfielder received an unwanted Christmas card.

That triggered a Royals onslaught, at the end of which was an equaliser from Joao two minutes before half time.

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After Reach did remarkably well to clear a Richards effort off the line and Wildsmith acrobatically denied Alfa Semedo, Reading made the breakthrough to get back on terms.

Ovie Ejaria delivered a deep cross to the back post, where the Portuguese was on hand to nod home.

Wednesday welcomed the interval, in which Tony Pulis made a triple substitution, with Moses Odubajo, Dominic Iorfa and Joey Pelupessy all coming on from the bench.

And Odubajo was straight at the heart of the action, tangling with Richards in the box, but the infringement went Wednesday’s way.

Reading continued to probe - Olise brushed the top of the net with another set piece – and Joao was thwarted at the back stick by Iorfa.

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Substitute Sone Aluko unleashed on the angle but was wide of the target and Wildsmith spooned an Ejaria long ranger clear.

It was all Reading in the closing stages and the Owls survived two more penalty scares to emerge with a third successive point.

Wednesday: Wildsmith, Palmer (Odubajo 46), Lees, van Aken (Iorfa 46), Börner, Reach, Bannan (Pelupessy 46), Luongo, Shaw (S/O 30), Harris (Kachunga 90). Paterson

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