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Two changes; Kadeem Harris starts: Owls predicted line-up for Reading clash

Sheffield Wednesday face playoff contenders Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday with the Owls looking to halt a disappointing run of five straight Championship defeats.

Darren Moore’s first game at Wednesday ended in a 2-1 defeat to Rotherham United.

The Millers struck deep into stoppage time to snatch all three points, leaving Wednesday now seven points adrift of safety in their bid to preserve their Championship status.

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Up next is a trip to high-flying Reading and a potential reunion with striker Lucas Joao.

Here is how we believe Wednesday will line up:

Wednesday were largely on the front foot against Rotherham at Hillsborough. However, it’s likely Moore will opt for a more conservative approach against Reading.

The back five is unlikely to change. In midfield, Wednesday may opt for more pace with Kadeem Harris coming in and Adam Reach switching over to the left flank.

Harris, who was signed by Steve Bruce days before his swich to Newcastle United, is out of contract this summer and may now have extra motivation to impress his new manager.

Sam Hutchinson may play a lone holding role, allowing Barry Bannan and Liam Shaw to push forward on the counterattack when the opportunity comes to exploit the space.

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Reading are a powerful side who aren’t afraid to push up. Wednesday may get joy in behind, with Jordan Rhodes an ideal option to try and get in behind the Royals defence.

Darren Moore has spoken of his desire to get Rhodes firing again. The Wednesday boss believes he still possesses plenty of quality, but he no doubt needs a run in the side.

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