Reading v Leeds preview
Last Updated: 09/03/18 1:08pm
Reading will be without winger Garath McCleary against Leeds after he was ruled out for the rest of the season.
McCleary sustained injury in last week's home defeat to Sheffield United and it has been confirmed as a broken ankle. Omar Richards and Yann Kermogant are still out due to respective calf injuries, although the latter is closing in on his return.
Defenders Paul McShane and Tommy Elphick, plus forward Joseph Mendes and winger Callum Harriott all remain sidelined.
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Leeds defender Liam Cooper is an injury doubt after sustaining a dead leg in the midweek defeat to Wolves and will be monitored. Forward Kemar Roofe is also doubtful after missing the last three games due to a calf injury.
Goalkeeper Bailey Farrell-Peacock made a rare start in midweek and boss Paul Heckingbottom must decide between him, Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan, who is hoping to be fit after a sore neck. Defenders Conor Shaughnessy and Luke Ayling (both ankle) remain unavailable as Leeds bid to avoid a third straight league defeat.
Reading have lost one of their last eight home league matches against Leeds (W3 D4).
Leeds have failed to score in five of their last six league visits to Reading, winning the only match they scored in 2-0 in February 2015.
Reading and Leeds have both won just seven Championship points in 2018 - only bottom of the table Sunderland have won fewer (6).
Leeds have lost back to back league matches by at least three goals for the first time since November 2003 - they haven't done so in three consecutive league games since January 1947, with the first of those three defeats a 3-0 away loss at Middlesbrough.
Yann Kermorgant has scored three goals in his last three Championship starts against Leeds, including the winner in this exact fixture last season.
Paul Heckingbottom is winless in four previous Championship meetings with Reading (D2 L2), all while he was manager of Barnsley.
Reading are now without a win in their last six games and it would probably be seven if their match at Wolves had not been called off last week! They are still hovering very uncomfortably near the wrong end of the table.
This is a good chance for them, however, against a Leeds side who have been battered twice in the last seven days and will be low on confidence. Score draw for me.
David Prutton predicts: 1-1 (9/2 with Sky Bet)