Leeds v Reading preview
Last Updated: 12/10/17 8:23pm
Leeds pair Pontus Jansson and Eunan O'Kane are available for the home game against Reading.
Defender Jansson missed both Sweden's World Cup qualifiers after badly bruising his arm during a collision with team-mate Kalvin Phillips in the recent defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.
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O'Kane has been struggling with a rib injury, but head coach Thomas Christiansen expects the midfielder to also feature. Centre-half Liam Cooper is back in contention following suspension, while striker Caleb Ekuban (foot) remains Leeds' only injury absentee.
Reading defender Jordan Obita has been ruled out for the season after major knee surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament. Striker Yann Kermorgant has stepped up his rehabilitation following hip and groin surgery during the summer, but midfielder Stephen Quinn (knee) remains sidelined along with John Swift (hamstring).
Royal boss Jaap Stam must also do without forward Joseph Mendes following the Frenchman's knee operation. Winger Callum Harriott has suffered a setback on his recover from a hamstring problem.
Leeds have won their last two home league games against Reading since a run of five without a win between April 2006 and October 2014.
Reading had 77% possession at Elland Road last season, completing 492 more passes than Leeds, but still lost 2-0.
Leeds have kept 14 clean sheets in their last 19 home league games, conceding only nine goals.
Reading are winless in six matches in all competitions (D2 L4), their worst run under Jaap Stam.
Leeds have used the most non-English players in the Championship this season (17), while Reading have used the second most (16, level with Wolves).
Sone Aluko has assisted three goals in his last three Championship games - he also assisted once against Leeds for Fulham last season.
It looked at one stage like Leeds could storm it this season, but such is the nature of the division that they quickly got dragged back in. Thomas Christiansen will have issues to address after that thumping defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, but having Liam Cooper back from suspension in defence will help a lot.
Reading, meanwhile, have had a really poor couple of months and Jaap Stam is starting to feel the heat a bit. This was the kind of game they would have fancied themselves in last season, but I just feel this will be a Leeds win.
Prutton predicts: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)