Reading v Leeds United Preview: BPF to keep his place?

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Leeds United continue their search for a first away win since boxing day when they travel to the Madejski Stadium to face Reading on Saturday. A ground that Leeds have only ever won once at.

Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom says although he has enjoyed his time at Leeds so far, he admits a lot of hard work needs to be done between now and the end of the season. PH admits that the central midfielders have been inconsistent and that is a position Leeds have struggled with this season, however he firmly backs them to find a reliable and consistent level.

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On Reading, Paul Heckingbottom believes that their league position is a poor reflection on their quality and this season they haven’t got the “rub of the green” as much as last season.

Liam Cooper is a doubt for the game, after his injury on Wednesday and awaiting a scan on a dead leg. Andy Lonergan is due back in training on Friday, whereas Kemar Roofe and Tyler Roberts are still missing. Tom Pearce could make the squad amidst due to the side’s left back problems, with the the Head Coach acknowledging that he has “good attributes and certainly has a chance.”

Commenting on Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Heckingbottom says it is possible he will keep his place on Saturday after being the stand out player in Wednesday’s defeat. BPF added himself that he obviously wants to play every game but “it’s tough as so does Felix and so does Lonners.”

Opposition Fact File

Reading are currently sitting in 18th and only five points above the Championship relegation zone following last seasons appearance in the Play-Off Final. The Royals are on 35 points, compared to 64 points at this time last season.

Manager – Jaap Stam

Top scorer – Mo Barrow (9)

Last 5 Home (League) – D – L – D – L – L

Last time we met at the Madejski…

Sat 1 Apr ’17 – Reading 1 – 0 Leeds United (Kermorgant ’21)

Yann Kermorgant’s first half strike sealed all three points for Reading in a drab affair, ending United’s seven game unbeaten run. The defeat kick started the run of four defeats in the final eight games of the 2016/17, ultimately ending with Leeds finishing outside the Play-Off places.

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