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22-y/o in: The Reading XI we expect Bowen to pick for Sheffield Wednesday clash

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Reading take on Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough this weekend in a match that both sides will be desperate to win.

The Royals have not won any of their last eight league matches, with the New Year’s Day victory over Fulham their last three-point haul – a win which saw manager Mark Bowen rewarded with a new contract at the club.

Wednesday night saw them throw away a one-goal advantage all too easily against promotion favourites West Brom at The Madejski, a result which led to plenty of frustration amongst the fans.

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However, their weekend opponents Wednesday are not in the best of form themselves, winning just one of their previous nine matches in the second-tier.

So, how will Bowen set his side up this weekend? Here is what we expect…

There has been plenty of frustration from some Reading fans in recent weeks over the choice of formation Bowen has chosen.

Many feel his 4-2-3-1 is not condusive enough to attacking play, with Puscas often left isolated in attack.

Unfortunately for them, there seems little chance of him changing his stance for this one either, with a similar set-up to that which played West Brom expected.

Rafael will of course start in goal. He has been one of the club’s most consistent performer’s this season and if anybody has a starting spot nailed down in the league it is him.

In front of him, Bowen will have to stick with a back-four with Tom McIntyre likely to continue his spell on the sidelines for at least another week.

Obita will continue at left-back and Andy Yiadom on the right, having made his return from injury on Wednesday night, with the usual duo of Michael Morrison and Liam Moore in the middle.

Pele will continue in midfield after becoming one of the club’s most impressive players in recent weeks but he is likely to have a new partner.

Wednesday saw January signing Felipe Araruna handed his first start, however he still looked off the pace, so expect to see Andy Rinomhota return in his place.

The front four really picks itself. Even though they have not been clicking too well in recent games, they remain the strongest options.

Yakou Meite will provide plenty of pace and power out wide, with the intelligence to move inside to support George Puscas up front when needed, with John Swift staying in his favoured number ten role and Ovie Ejaria out on the right.


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