When : Saturday, 21st April, 3pm
Where : Hillsborough, Sheffield, S6 1SW
Capacity : 39,812
Away Stand : Leppings Lane, Upper Tier
What might I see in the area : Whippets, flat caps, dourness but absolutely no stereotyping
So as the end of this miserable wreck of a season draws in, Reading still find themselves uncomfortably involved in the relegation morass lurching regularly from thinking it's going to be all OK one week to thinking it's still scary the next.
And currently, after the Sunderland shambles, it's very scary indeed but don't worry everyone to cheer you all up it's a trip up north to Sheffield Wednesday. Only.
Only Reading are not very good away from home and haven't been since 2018 started. Of the last 6 away games Reading have mustered a whole 1 point and that was at Free Fall Forest.
On the other hand Sheffield Wednesday have done nothing whatsoever to give their supporters anything to shout about this season. They've continuously hung around the table in about 16th and their only claim to fame is that they almost got involved in the relegation battle but that would have generated interest so they didn't even bother with that, therefore they are one big erratic ball of unpredictability.
Reading have, of course, already been up to Hillsborough and lost this season when they predictably fell out of the FA Cup with another utterly pathetic performance. It will be interesting to see how much has changed in the overall performance - not to mention result - from that visit as they players should know what to expect.
Wednesday's current form is good if you look at their last 6 games which has generated 4 wins and 2 losses, however from the 5 league games before that they managed just 1 point which and it is that sort of overall form which means they are well used to having nothing to play for this season so it's business as usual for them on that front.
As ever, the sorry tales of injury and suspension will continue for Reading with the only questions on team selection being whether Blackett or Richards will start at left back and whether Edwards gets another game in midfield as everything else will pick itself. Wednesday have slight worries on Atdhe Nuhiu (knee/ankle), Jack Hunt (groin), Lucas Joao (leg), Barry Bannan (groin) and Daniel Pudil (is a dog's name).
The expected referee for this one is Jeremy Simpson
14 Oct 2017 > Leeds United 0-1 Reading
31 Jan 2017 > Birmingham City 0-1 Reading
17 Dec 2016 > Blackburn Rovers 2-3 Reading
09 Sep 2016 > Reading 2-1 Ipswich Town (managed to book 9 players)
16 Apr 2016 > Leeds United 3-2 Reading
09 Jan 2016 > Huddersfield Town 2-2 Reading (FA Cup 3)
20 Oct 2015 > Rotherham United 1-1 Reading
Not a particularly happy hunting ground for Reading but then probably about average for the club for a northern trek and only ten previous league visits. Of those ten games three have been won and four lost.
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