Reading v Leeds Match Thread

24 Nov 2019 02:41 pm, by Ellandback1

Reading FC v Leeds United

Tuesday 26th November 2019 20:00 | Madejski Stadium

Following their victory at Kenilworth Road at the weekend, and returning to an automatic promotion slot, Leeds confidence should be sky high as they aim to stretch their unbeaten run to seven games. Their next opponents, Reading occupy 18th place in the Championship having clawed themselves free of the relegation zone following recent victories over Preston, Millwall and Luton before being edged out 1-0 against Brentford last weekend.

Bielsa will be encouraged that Hernandez played all 90 minutes against the Hatters. Liam Cooper too, showed no repercussion of the groin injury he sustained at Blackburn earlier this month as the Leeds skipper returned to action for the final half an hour. Alioski was an unused substitute at the weekend, but is likely to play some part of proceedings on Tuesday evening. Nketiah is still a couple of weeks away from returning, but with Bamford on the scoresheet for the last couple of games, would Bielsa give him any game time anyway?

Last season Leeds did the double over Reading with a one nil victory at Elland Road and a three nil victory in last seasons corresponding fixture at the Madejski Stadium. Back in March Mateusz Klich opened the scoring and Pablo Hernandez secured the victory with a brace of goals. After last seasons victory Leeds are looking to win consecutive away league visits to Reading for the first time and hope to win four consecutive league matches for the first time since a run of seven in a row in November and December 2018. On the other hand Reading have not won four consecutive home league games since April 2017 under Jaap Stam.

Leeds Staring XI:
Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Klich, Hernandez, Harrison, Roberts, Bamford

Subs: Meslier, Douglas, Berardi, Shackleton, Alioski, Costa, Clarke

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60sUnited wrote on 28 Nov 2019 10:58 pm

On corner kicks.....its a plague of virtually every team I watch with the vast majority of corner kicks (taken by well paid professional footballers) either not beating first man or sailing over the penalty box !! It frustrates me to hell that a pro footballer at any level cant deliver a good ball into the penalty spot area. What do they do all week on the training pitch ????

1964white wrote on 28 Nov 2019 10:44 pm

Interesting attendance comparison pinched from a Reading forum

Interesting statistics below. Your attendances are getting smaller and you reduce the away allocations at the same time. Moving three hundred or so fans into the South Stand is not making good business sense. Not only is it a lose of revenue for the club but it is also has an impact in lost revenue to the local businesses in the town of Reading in food, drinks, hotel rooms taxis etc etc.

Reading v Leeds 2019/20 - Attendance: 16,918 (2,050 away)
Reading v Leeds 2018/19 - Attendance: 17,101 (2,071 away).
Reading v Leeds 2017/18 - Attendance: 19,770 (3,467 away)
Reading v Leeds 2016/17 - Attendance: 23,055 (3,546 away)

1964white wrote on 28 Nov 2019 07:16 am

rab_rant wrote: Thu Nov 28, 2019 5:06 am I seem to remember that Alioski used to take corners from the right.

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He did, they were poor too Rab.

Problem is we haven't got any players who are consistently good at attacking the ball in the air.

Bartley. Jansson & Wood were far more dangerous in the air than what we have now.

rab_rant wrote on 28 Nov 2019 05:06 am

danhirons wrote: Good idea with Costa... Not a guaranteed starter tho so we will see!
I seem to remember that Alioski used to take corners from the right.

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danhirons wrote on 27 Nov 2019 08:15 pm

1964white wrote: Wed Nov 27, 2019 7:10 pm Pablo use to take them but he rarely beat the first man

Costa maybe an option we haven't tried him, he is winger for gods sake. Jack was hopeless with corner-kicks too!
Good idea with Costa... Not a guaranteed starter tho so we will see!