Date: 27 November 2018
Time: 19.45 BST, 2.45 PM EST, 17.45 ART
Venue: Elland Road
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All-time Record: Leeds United v Reading FC: 9W 9D 8L
Bielsa press conference starting. Jansson still not available but Bailey Peacock-Farrell is back from injury. On Jansson's injury (foot), Bielsa expected him to be fit by now. "That's why I would be cautious before saying he can play on Saturday."— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) November 26, 2018
Leeds United will be without the services of Pontus Jansson once again, as the Sweden international will miss yet another match with a foot injury he picked up against West Bromwich Albion before the international break. This means that Leeds might once again go with Aapo Halme in central defence, as the young Finland U21 player had a solid, if not spectacular, debut for the club.
Will Huffer, however, will likely be on the bench as Bailey Peacock-Farrell is once again fit after picking up a knock in training that kept him out of the side over the weekend against Bristol City. The rest of the squad should be pretty much unchanged, with captain Liam Cooper starting alongside Halme, Stuart Dallas and Barry Douglas lining up as the fullbacks, Kalvin Phillips as a defensive midfielder, and with Pablo Hernandez, Gjanni Alioski, and Kemar Roofe as the attacking trio up top with Adam Forshaw and Mateusz Klich behind them.
Reading come into the match above the relegation spots on goal difference alone, having won just one of their last five matches. They sit in 20th place on 17 points, level with 21st placed Millwall and 22nd place Bolton Wanderers. They have scored a respectable 24 goals so far this season, but their 29 goals allowed is the second worst in the division.
Leeds should win this game, as they are at home and have enough firepower to ring up some goals on a team that doesn’t look like they’ll be able to stop Leeds from scoring. Peacock-Farrell also has an opportunity to show that he does deserve to be the starting keeper for Leeds after Marcelo Bielsa publicly said that he would have dropped the Northern Ireland international for Chelsea loanee Jamal Blackman had Blackman not broke his leg during a U23 match against Birmingham City. Leeds 2-0.
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