Leeds return home after a 1-1 draw at Watford to face Reading who are high on confidence after a superb 3-0 win over West Ham.
Leeds manager Simon Grayson on Alex McCarthy – “I spoke to Brian last Sunday and we agreed it was best for Alex to train down there but Brian assured me that he won`t be asking Alex about Leeds. It would be unfair on the lad.’
Reading boss Brian McDermott – ‘They’ve won a few, so have we. Last year we went there and went there as favourites off the back of an eight game run, which is unusual for us, going to a place like that as favourites. Simon has done a terrific job for them, I really like him as a manager.’
Leeds Team News:
On loan goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is unavailable as Leeds face his parent club so Andy Lonergan will deputise. Captain Jonny Howson is a long-term absentee.
Player to watch: Robert Snodgrass
The Scottish international has undoubted talent and will be sure to cause problems on both wings.
Reading Team News:
Reading will assess the fitness of winger Jimmy Kebe, who has a knock from the West Ham game. Left back Joseph Mills will also miss out.
Player to watch: Jimmy Kebe
The Malian winger is starting to find form after a man-of-the-match display against West Ham.
Leeds haven’t been the most consistent of teams this season, similarly to the Royals. Hard to predict so I’m going for a 1-1 draw.
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