When : Tuesday 12th March, 8pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161
Well after that terrific end to a game we're all believing again! And though what's left of the squad is decidedly disjointed and struggling to cover various positions at least we can be sure that they are trying and that they do care even down to all the loan signings. Performances may generally be patchy at best but as long as points are collected who the hell will care?
Now second placed Leeds roll into town and they are rather useful at the moment as they chase a return to the Premier League after 15 years or so away. However that means no-one expects anything of Reading other than glorious failure ergo there is no pressure on the team despite the fact the games are starting to run out.
Leeds current form is 4 wins and a defeat in the last 5 but that defeat did occur at the other hooped bunch down the road on a Tuesday night and they're hardly on good form either at the moment so there is some possibility of finding a crack in the supposedly impossible to beat Peacocks. Look at Leeds' form over the last 12 games and it looks a little better as Leeds have only(!) won 6 and drawn 1 of them.
Leeds have a couple of injury problems with Kemar Roofe is definitely out and Patrick Bamford is very doubtful after picking up a knee injury at Bristol.
Reading's continual injury crisis got even worse with Ejaria picking up a likely groin strain and Liam Moore taking a heavy blow to his shoulder. I expect Ejaria to definitely miss the game while Moore maybe a doubt but let us all hope not. What Gomes does next with his team selection is anyone's guess but with three quarters of your strikers crocked and nearly all the midfield now in the same treatment room options are beyond scraping the barrel.
Lastly it's Leeds so it's on the telly. And probably as the main game rather than just making up the numbers on the red button.
Gavin "emergency" Ward "10" has been encumbered with this one.
01 Sep 2018 > Reading 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday
25 Aug 2015 > Portsmouth 1-2 Reading (League Cup)
20 Dec 2014 > Reading 0-1 Watford
25 Oct 2014 > Reading 3-0 Blackpool
17 Apr 2012 > Reading 1-0 Nottingham Forest
01 Feb 2011 > Cardiff City 2-2 Reading
16 Mar 2010 > Reading 1-0 Queens Park Rangers
11 Aug 2009 > Reading 5-1 Burton Albion (League Cup)
Just 25 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 12 home games played so far Reading have a slight advantage by 4 wins to 3 with 5 draws.
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