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Match Preview - April 22 - Leeds Utd (A)

Reading FC Match Preview, April 22 v Leeds Utd (A)

Where are Leeds in the Championship? 6th

Recent Form? Not so good as of late. Leeds have won just once in their last six games, as they have fallen from automatic promotion contenders to fighting to keep their top six spot. However at Elland Road they've been far more solid, having not lost there in the league since October the 25th.

Last time we played them? A dour 0-0 draw at the Madejski Stadium in November, where Michail Antonio hit the post late on. Our last trip to Elland Road was back in 2006 when having already sealed promotion, we ensured Sheffield United's elevation at Leeds' expense with a 1-1 draw.

Any former Royals? Not today as Andy Hughes is out on loan at struggling Scunthorpe.

Any tips for travelling Royals? Give this site a quick browse.

TV Coverage? Yup! Sky Sports HD1 from 7.30 tonight!

Tilehurst End Thoughts In Brief

We head into this game on the back of seven straight wins and our hopes of automatic promotion still just about alive despite Norwich's demolition of Ipswich last night. Reading are playing their best football of the last 4/5 years right now and it's been one of our strongest ever finishes to a season, at least that I can remember.

Despite all of the positives, tonight's game is going to be very tough. Leeds haven't lost at home since the end of October and despite wobbling in recent weeks it's going to be tough for us to go and pick up all three points. Leeds have scored more goals at home then any other team in the league, but they've also conceded amongst the most, so a 0-0 draw it is then.....

Historically we've not had the best of times in our few league visits to Elland Road, in fact we've never won there in five visits, drawing twice and losing three times. However, Reading did manage a famous victory up there in a league cup tie under Terry Bullivant in 1998, when we knocked out a then Premiership Leeds team 3-2 in a fourth round game.

Earlier this year it was a dour 0-0 at the Madejski, a match I went too but really can't remember much of, it was one of those games, but I can't see tomorrow turning out that way with both sides desperate for three points.

Team wise I don't think we'll see many changes to the starting XI, though I could see Noel Hunt starting in place of Mathieu Manset, given his potent partnership with Shane Long.

Prediction wise I'm sticking with my negativity as it's done us well so far, so I'll say 4-2 Leeds.

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