Swans To Send Royals Packing In Away Win

Wednesday will decide some vital issues in the final round of matches in the Championship.

Reading face Swansea City at the Madejski Stadium, with the Welsh side still in with an outside chance of making the play-offs.

Steve Cooper’s side will have to beat Reading and hope that fellow Welsh side Cardiff City slip up against Hull City.

For Reading, it is a case of going out and enjoying themselves as they have nothing to play for except pride.

When the sides met back in September, Andy Yiadom’s last-minute strike rescued a point for the Royals after Bprja Baston gave Swansea an early lead.

Coming into Wednesday’s game, Reading have suffered two narrow losses in their last two games- a 2-1 defeat to Middlesbrough as well as coming out second best in a seven-goal thriller on Saturday against Blackburn Rovers.

Swansea completed a narrow 1-0 victory at the Liberty Stadium at the weekend, thanks to Connor Roberts goal on the stroke of half-time.

Having met 13 times in previous meetings it is the visitors who have won seven times with Reading victorious just once and five draws between the sides.

Swansea are currently unbeaten on their last five matches away from the Liberty Stadium.

Reading definitely have home blues as they have lost no less than eleven times already this season at the Madejski.

On the other hand, Swansea City enjoy their trips outside of Wales having seen seven wins and eleven draws to their name- a total of 32 points.

The Royals will look to Ivory Coast striker Yakou Meita to continue where he left on Saturday, having also hit the net 13 times to date. Fellow striker George Puscas has so far contributed 11 goals to Reading’s campaign this season, with the Rumanian last on the score sheet against Charlton three games ago.

Swansea’s excellent Ghanan forward Andre Ayew is a key player for the Swans, with the 30-year-old looking to add to his tally of 15 league goals this season.

Team News

For Reading young centre back Tom McIntyre is ruled out after picking up an injury at the weekend. Liam Moore could well start for the Royals.

Swansea’s First choice goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is sidelined with a hip injury, so Erwin Mulder will start in goal for the Swans.

Match Prediction

A game that means more to Swansea than it does to Reading, therefore I fancy Swansea to nick this one by 2-1.

Match Preview written by Peter Moore