Wolverhampton Wanderers v Reading

12 Aug

Conor Coady


Conor Coady scored his first goal for Wolves in their 2-1 win against Crawley Town in the EFL Cup first round

BBC coverage

How to follow:
BBC WM, BBC Radio Berkshire; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Wolves will have Dominic Iorfa back for the visit of Reading after he served a one-match suspension in their midweek EFL Cup win against Crawley.

Iorfa was sent off for a pull back on Jon Taylor in Wolves’ 2-2 draw against Rotherham United on Saturday.

Reading have no injury concerns and could make it three wins in seven days after victory against Preston in the league and Plymouth in the EFL Cup.

Yakou Meite could make his first Royals start after joining from PSG.

Analysis

BBC WM’s Mike Taylor: “Early impressions are that Wolves supporters are starting to take to Walter Zenga, but sterner tests than Rotherham and Crawley are ahead.

“In both games so far, Wolves have been well below the required standard in the first half, but Zenga has been quick to make both formation changes and substitutions which have had the desired effect.

“Some of the new signings are making a good impression too, with the Icelander Jon Dadi Bodvarsson scoring on his first appearance – how Kenny Jackett could have used him last season – and Joao Teixeira clearly showing touches of class. He may need to brace himself for a bit of rough treatment.

“Social media continues to be gripped by the epic ‘signing’ of Anderson Talisca from Benfica, for a vertigo-inducing fee. At the time of writing, there is no hard evidence of his impending arrival.

“Sooner or later, though, everyone is expecting Wolves to lay out big money on somebody, whether it is him, Chris Martin at Derby, or any one of countless others to be ‘linked’. Time will tell.”

Match facts

  • Wolves have lost three of their last four home league meetings with Reading but won the most recent meeting clash on Boxing Day last season.
  • That 1-0 win for Wolves last season is Reading’s only defeat to them in their last eight league encounters (W4 D3).
  • Dominic Iorfa received the first red card of his career in Wolves’ first game at Rotherham, making him the first Championship player to be sent off this season.

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