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Leeds United FC v Reading FC: Match Preview

Reading travel to Elland Road after back to back defeats looking to return to winning ways; Phil Owtram provides a preview of the match.

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Leeds United FC

Form (all comps): WLDLL

Leeds manager Steve Evans could welcome back Liam Bridcutt after the on-loan Sunderland midfielder recovered from a thigh injury. Sol Bamba (ankle) and Mustapha Carayol (hamstring) are still doubtful.

Leeds United FC vs. Reading FC:16 April 2016 15:00 KO Elland Road Stadium, LeedsReferee: Jeremy Simpson

Reading FC

Form (all comps): LLWWD

Reading boss Brian McDermott will be without full-backs Chris Gunter and Jordan Obita after both picked up injuries in the defeat to Middlesbrough. Yann Kermorgant is expected to miss out as his wife is due to give birth. Danny Williams and Paul McShane will also miss the match after both were banned for three games for violent conduct after the pair squared up to each other during Tuesday’s match with Middlesbrough.

Leeds (v Birmingham): M. Silvestri, G. Beradi, S. Bamba, L. Cooper, C. Taylor, T. Diagouraga, L. Murphy (G. Bellusci 88), S. Dallas (M. Carayol 83), L. Cook, M. Antenucci (A. Mowatt 69), C. Wood.

Reading (v Middlesbrough): Ali Al Habsi, P. McShane, C. Gunter (G. McCleary 18), J. Cooper, S. Quinn, D. Williams, O. Norwood, J. Obita (A. Taylor 46), S. Cox, M. Vydra, Lucas Piazon (O. John 59).

What The Opposition Think

It's been about what we'd expect, maddening spells of play where they can't seem to score at all followed by glimpses of the talent we think we have in the young academy products. Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Charlie Taylor... if we can keep them around, I think they've all shown signs this year that Leeds United's future is bright.

You can read the full interview with Johnny from our fellow SB Nation site Through It All Together in this week's View from the Town End, which you can find here.

Last Five Meetings

16 Aug 2015: Reading 0-0 Leeds (League Championship)

10 Feb 2015: Reading 0-2 Leeds (League Championship)

01 Oct 2014: Leeds 0-0 Reading (League Championship)

11 Mar 2014: Leeds 2-4 Reading (League Championship)

18 Sep 2013: Reading 1-0 Leeds (League Championship)

Head To Head

Reading v Leeds: W:6 D:8 L:7

YouTube History

Prediction

Leeds United FC 1-1 Reading FC