Reading take on Luton this weekend aiming to extend their impressive unbeaten run under new manager Mark Bowen.
The Royals have been in fine form since the Welshman took over, and have picked up seven points from his first three games in charge.
It’s another home game for Reading, and so far under Bowen, the Royals have maximum points at the Madejski Stadium, winning two from two.
Luton are the visitors on Saturday, and with a sold out away end following them, the Hatters will hope to prove a stern test for Bowen’s side.
Here are TWO ways that Reading can hurt Luton on Saturday…
Will Reading beat Luton on Saturday?
Play the ball on the floor
Reading have such talented midfielders, and it’s shown when sides play quick attacking football against Luton, then the Hatters can struggle and the defence can open up.
If the Royals can get players such as Ovie Ejaria and John Swift in possession of the ball, then they’re going to cause lots of problems for the Luton defence. These players have the potential to play through any defence, let alone a side who struggles to keep goals out away from home.
This is key, and if the Hatters can’t stop that happening then Reading have the potential to score a hatful on Saturday.
Use the wing-backs
Luton like to play with a midfield diamond, that formation doesn’t involve any wingers though. This is perfect for Reading to exploit, as they play with a back five that’s able to use the wing-backs to great effect in the attacking areas.
Both Andy Yiadom and Jordan Obita love to get forward, so it’s vital that the Royals release them as much as possible. This could be a worthwhile route to go down in order to put pressure on the Hatters in the early stages of the fixture.
If Reading can do this early on in the match then they may find a lot of space in the wide areas that they can exploit successfully.