Date: September 28, 2014
Venue: The Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire, England
Kick-off time: 13:15 BST
Reading will welcome an in-form Wolverhampton Wanderers side who are just one point off the table toppers, Nottingham Forest side. Reading’s form has nosedived in last two games with the game against Derby in the Capital One Cup a warning bell.
Reading FC form: W-W-W-L-L
Reading frustrated the Derby side in the midweek League Cup game early on, but two second-half goals by Derby sealed their fate. Reading’s good early season form seems to have deserted them, with the entire team struggling to get into the game.
Derby and Sheffield Wednesday defeats were hard to take and Reading take up the 11th spot in the Championship table with 13 points from eight games.
Wolverhampton Wanderers form: W-W-D-D-W
Wolves had a rest in the midweek and that should keep their players fresh for the Reading clash. Wolves have been cruising in the Championship and the race at the top this season has been intense. If Wolves want to keep up with the other top teams, this match is necessary to be won.
Wolves were a potent attacking threat against Bolton last weekend with Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko in fine form.
Reading FC: Simon Cox
The Republic of Ireland striker has been on target for Reading four times and along with Nick Blackman, looks to carry the striking load. Reading’s problems have been creating goal-scoring opportunities and with clinical strikers like Simon Cox, if the chances are more there is a possibility that the goals will flow in more.
Wolverhampton Wanderers: Bakary Sako
The 26 year old winger has been a revelation this season for the Wolves. His lightening quick pace and trickery attracted many Premier League teams, but the Wolves managed to hold on to him. Already on three goals, his goal scoring record should further grow.
Against Reading, he can run their defence ragged.
A week’s rest will be advantageous for the Wolves and with many pacey players in the team, the chances to heap further misery on Reading looks likely. No surprises then that bet365 are offering 2.5 for a Wolves win to 3.4 if Reading can edge their opponents out. Over 2.5 goals in the game looks certain and is at 2.0 with BetVictor.