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19 August 2015

A look ahead to the midweek clash at Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday vs Reading
Wednesday 19th August 2015, 7.45pm
Sky Bet Championship

Tonight marks the first time that we have ever visited Sheffield Wednesday on a Wednesday evening – and only the third midweek trip that we’ve made to Hillsborough. 

The first, back on April Fools’ Day in 1980, ended one-apiece and the latter came as recently as 2009 when second-half goals from Kevin Doyle and Shane Long overturned Sean McAllister’s opener for the Owls.

Adults £30
65 & Over £20
16 & Under £5

Tickets can be bought on the evening of the game at Hillsborough.  Click here for more information.

Pre-match chat
Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal: “We are all happy to be at Hillsborough where we play three of our next four games and I know we can rely on the supporters’ energy to attack these games at our home.”

Reading defender Anton Ferdinand: “It would be great to get a result at Hillsborough now.  It’s brilliant to play at home in front of your fans, but as a defender I really enjoy when we can go away from home and dig out a result.”

What are the odds?
The hosts are favourites for the three points according to Football League title partners Sky Bet, at odds of 6/5 for a win.  Reading are 9/4 to take all three points and 23/10 is the price for parity at the final whistle.

Orlando Sa is 5/2 to get his maiden goal at any time for the Royals at Hillsborough, while Nick Blackman is 11/4 to notch a second of the season.

On the whistle
Now in his seventh season officiated in the Football League, Lancashire-based ref Paul Tierney has only twice refereed Reading before.  The most recent of those games was back in December 2013, when Middlesbrough were 3-0 home winners and Kaspars Gorkss was dismissed after picking up two yellows. 

Sheffield Wednesday also had a man sent off when he last oversaw one of their games – Kamil Zayette picked up a straight red for the Owls as Man City ran out 7-0 winners in a Capital One Cup tie last season.

Tierney pulled out the red card on a further seven occasions last season, as well as issuing 134 yellows in his 37 matches.  Darren Strain and Richard Wild will be running the line on either flank, and Matthew Bristow is fourth official.

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