Promotion rivals Sheffield Wednesday and Reading will take on each other at Hillsborough this Friday in what could prove to be crucial fixture in the battle of securing a play-off place.
The last time the teams faced each other saw Reading triumph 2-1 over the Owls in November of last year.
Now, Reading travel to South Yorkshire on the back of having lost their previous three away games. Most recently they slumped to a 3-0 defeat to Preston North End, in a game where the Royals had 63% of the ball possession, but failed to make use of it.
Furthermore, The Royals have enjoyed just one victory in their last five fixtures, with three defeats and one draw.
Meanwhile over in Sheffield, The Owls have also ran into a rough patch of form, and due to their recent 2-0 loss to Aston Villa, The Owls share the exact same form as Reading in their last five games.
In addition to this poor form, a lack of available defensive players has occurred which will concern Owls supporters going into this fixture, with Glenn Loovens, Tom Lees and Sam Hutchinson all reported to be injured. Vinent Sasso is also suspended.
Despite of this, Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal seems to be upbeat about his side’s chances this Friday, and stated: “We will be a strong team on Friday. It will be a massive game to us.”
Reading may focus on exploiting the lack of regular first team defenders at Wednesday’s disposal, using the likes of the skilled attacker Yann Kermorgant, who is their top scorer with nine goals, to unpick an irregular looking Owls defence.
However, Reading will still of course be facing a tough test, and will also have to contend with Wednesday’s own plethora of attacking players, which includes the likes of Fernando Forestieri who has scored eleven times so far this season.
If Fulham win tonight against struggling Blackburn Rovers, it will ensure that Wednesday would fall out of the play-off places, putting even more pressure on Carvalhal to muster a response from his players rapidly.
This Friday’s game is of vital importance for both of the clubs’ chances of securing a play-off place.
The game kicks off at 7:45pm.
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