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Play Off Rivals Clash As Leeds Visit

31 March 2017
By Hob Nob Anyone?

After the international break, the Royals return to Championship action this weekend, playing Leeds United at the Madejski Stadium with a 5:30pm kick-off on Saturday. The game has been shifted to later in the day to allow Sky TV to screen the match live as both sides look to vital points to close in on a play-off finish. Immediately before the two week break, Reading put a poor run of form behind them to win away from home at play-off rivals Sheffield Wednesday. That huge result swung a play-off finish back in Reading's favour when they had looked in danger of dropping out. With that result and seventh placed Fulham losing at home to Wolves, Reading find themselves with a six point cushion keeping them inside the top six. A win over Leeds on Saturday, which is a big ask, would see Reading move back up to fourth with seven games of the season remaining.

It is rapidly approaching make or break time and this is our toughest, most important home fixture remaining. After Leeds we only have Blackburn, Rotherham and Wigan visiting Reading - which are surely all winable games as we look to finish the season on a high. Leeds come into the match having beaten second placed Brighton in their last fixture and have gone seven games without league defeat. Their last three games on the road have seen them pick up an impressive five points to keep them narrowly above the Royals in the table. With recent wins over Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday and a draw away at Fulham they probably fancy their chances of picking up a point or more.

The international break gave no new worries for Jaap Stam, whose available players seems to grow every week. Reece Oxford and John Swift both made appearances for England's younger sides and returned without injury. The break gave Paul McShane and Liam Kelly opportunities to continue their recoveries from injuries and both players will hope to be involved on Saturday. For Leeds United Kalvin Phillips returns from suspension but they will be without defender Luke Ayling.

Reading will be looking to reverse a bad run of recent results against Leeds. In our last five games we have failed to score in four of them. That run includes two goalless draws and three defeats. We lost 0-2 at Leeds earlier this season and picked up a point from them in the last campaign with the highlight, if you can call that, being a 0-0 home draw. A draw wouldn't be a terrible result, but if we can pick up three points it really will feel like a play-off finish is more likely than not.


Recent Meetings With Leeds United

13 December 2016 Championship Leeds (Away) L: 0-2 Read report...
16 April 2016 Championship Leeds (Away) L: 2-3 Read report...
16 August 2015 Championship Leeds (HOME) D: 0-0 Read report...
10 February 2015 Championship Leeds (HOME) L: 0-2 Read report...
01 October 2014 Championship Leeds (Away) D: 0-0 Read report...
11 March 2014 Championship Leeds (Away) W: 4-2 Read report...
18 September 2013 Championship Leeds (HOME) W: 1-0 Read report...
06 April 2012 Championship Leeds (HOME) W: 2-0 Read report...
17 December 2011 Championship Leeds (Away) W: 1-0 Read report...
22 April 2011 Championship Leeds (Away) D: 0-0 Read report...
27 November 2010 Championship Leeds (HOME) D: 0-0 Read report...


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» 28 Mar 2017 09:56

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Oh look, it’s another game against Leeds United. And there could well be another two on the horizon in May just for good measure. Deep joy. Hate home games with Leeds as they are usually so drab, lifeless and extremely difficult to get anything out of.

Expecting them to appear, sling about 7 or 8 across the back all being thoroughly well marshalled and by their Swedish colossus Pontus Jansson and look for the clichéd breakaway header from Chris Wood.

To top it all the game is on the telly which is likely to be another thorn in the possibility of getting a decent performance and/or entertaining game.

Sadly it would seem they have a full strength squad to select from while Reading will still be missing the usuals; Ilori, Harriott, Quinn etc. Rakels could be back to strengthen the bench and one would hope that Paul McShane is fit again to add a bit more organisation to the defence.

There, now I’ve said that here’s hoping to a rip roaring belter of game with plenty of action and end to end thrills with Reading coming out on top and instilling a tad of worry into the opposition in the event of any post league season shenanigans. We know they’re capable of it once and a while so why not Saturday, esp. after the utterly pathetic showing they gave in West Yorkshire which should have left the players anxious to prove themselves.


Hampshire’s Keith Stroud will once again be enacting his unique performance piece of “decisions to a cacophony of shrill piping sounds”


14 Feb 2017 > Reading 3-2 Brentford
19 Nov 2016 > Reading 3-0 Burton Albion
28 Dec 2015 > Reading 1-2 Brentford
07 Nov 2015 > Cardiff City 2-0 Reading
03 Oct 2015 > Reading 2-0 Middlesbrough
14 Apr 2015 > Reading 0-1 Bournemouth
29 Mar 2014 > Reading 1-1 Huddersfield Town
11 Jan 2014 > Watford 0-1 Reading
13 Aug 2011 > Leicester City 0-2 Reading
03 Apr 2010 > Ipswich Town 2-1 Reading
06 Feb 2010 > Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Reading
29 Dec 2007 > Tottenham Hotspur 6-4 Reading
22 Sep 2007 > Reading 2-1 Wigan Athletic
25 Feb 2006 > Reading 2-1 Preston North End
23 Aug 2005 > Reading 3-1 Swansea City (League Cup)


Just 21 league games played so far and all of them (except the first two games played way back in 1927/28) have been since 1986.

Of the 10 home games played so far Reading and Leeds have both managed 3 wins with 4 draws. Looking at the previous results, why anyone would want to bother putting it on telly is a complete mystery as this symmetry continues in a lack of goals. Both clubs only managing 7 strikes each in the 10 games.

Recent form for Leeds is rather useful though with them having avoided defeat since Cardiff did them over on 11th February. Since then they’ve won 4 and drawn 3 of 7 games played and haven’t conceded in their last 2 games either. However, Reading are on a 100% run of 1 win from 1 game and no goals conceded so Leeds should be warned.


» 28 Mar 2017 10:04

Looks like Chris Wood is a doubt for this game.


» 28 Mar 2017 10:17

Would give me Wood if that's true.


» 28 Mar 2017 10:38

5.30 kick off, 4000 pissed up Leeds fans. what is there to not like about this fixture? :shock:


» 28 Mar 2017 10:56

5.30 kick off and 4000 pissed Leeds fans.


» 28 Mar 2017 11:07

Rakels came on for Latvia over the weekend, so presumably fit. Whether he'll make the bench is open to question though. I'd like to see him back in saying that, a useful option

unfortunately think you are right - they will defend deep and try to hit on the break. I'm expecting a pretty dull game and probably a low scoring or no score draw. Hopefully someone like McCleary or Swift can come up with a bit of magic to break them down. An early home goal would likely lead to a much more entertaining match.


» 28 Mar 2017 11:22

They played like the away side up at Elland road. let us have 78% possession in our own half. can`t help thinking it will be the same tactics again.


» 28 Mar 2017 11:24

So be it. I'd probably take a dull 0-0 with 0 shots for either team and take the point.


» 28 Mar 2017 11:50

yeah I would to be honest.


» 28 Mar 2017 13:10

Have some ambition!


» 28 Mar 2017 13:49

Chris Wood has a minor knock picked up v Fiji last week and was rested by NZ team manger for their second qualifier v Fiji as a precaution. Chris will be assessed by the Leeds medical team on his return. Sounds to me that he is more likely to play than not but would welcome them missing a 27 goal striker. God, remember them at Reading, strikers that scored hatfuls? Trevor Senior, Ron Blackman, Jamie Cureton wonder if it'll ever happen again....

One other interesting fact about the first game back after an international break. In the previous three games Reading have had an away draw at QPR and won the other two both at home v Ipswich and Burton. It's rather more alarming for Leeds though as they have lost all three of their games and haven't even scored a goal (v Huddersfield (h), Derby (a) and Newcastle (h)). So pointing that out has probably just put the mockers on that recurring !


» 28 Mar 2017 13:57

I'd wager that yes, in the infinite future, it will probably happen again someday.

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