Reading FC manager Jose Gomes is wary of the threat Sheffield Wednesday will pose on Saturday as his team line-up against the Owls for their Championship curtain-raiser at the Madejski.

Gomes' side failed to beat Wednesday in the league on both occasions and the Portuguese is convinced his squad will be in for a tough battle.

He said: "It will be very tough.

"We watched their games in pre-season. They have an experienced team and good players with strong strikers.

"They have very fast, technical wingers and full-backs that attack and cross from everywhere trying to find [Steven] Fletcher and they go for the second balls.

"They have quality and it will be a tough game against a big club and it will be a tough start.

"There are no easy games at Championship level."

The Royals are at home on Saturday and Gomes, although glad to start this campaign at the Madejski, believes it won't be a huge advantage come 3pm.

He added: "I am glad because we are near our fans and we can see our stadium full and let me players feel how important they are for our fans.

"But I cannot say its an advantage. Everywhere has good pitches and I think it is more psychological.

"I am glad to play at home but I don't believe it is much of an advantage."

Gomes has added to his squad in recent weeks with the signings of experienced heads Michael Morrison and Charlie Adam and he believes the duo will provide the necessary experience to his young squad, who have performed very well in pre-season.

He said: "Their experience is important.

"They have a lot of important games in their legs and they will help the young players to deal better with the pressure of the official games.

"They will be helpful in the important moments and I am counting on them to give extra help to our squad."