Ahead of today’s clash with the Royals, we’re doing a mini preview of the match that includes a snipped from a man that knows a lot about the Royals
Against Reading LLDWW
Away vs Reading WDLDW
An interview with an un-named source
On playing Reading...
Not dissimilar to Luton really but more established as we know also Reading will be a tougher test as they seem to be running into a vein of form. Started the season well then have fallen away a bit. But at home they are another tricky opponent as on their day their work rate and pace will threaten.
The three players to watch out for are Swift, Baldock and Ejaria. Given the chance and a bit of space, these three will hurt you. The latter two up front are working well together now and Baldock is a great target man. Ejaria is becoming a fans favourite and his pace and eye for goal will be a test for any defence in the Championship. Swift is in a different category altogether. Having failed to make the grade at Chelsea he’s dropped down a level but he’l be back in the Premiership before too long.
He’s back to his best and similar to his ex team mate Izzy Brown, he’s the team’s playmaker. If he’s given too much respect he’l run the show - hugely gifted lad who’s now fulfilling his promise now. A complete midfielder and the real deal. Two footed, box to box, always finding space and doesn’t mind a tackle - which was probably his weakness as a youngster.
Demands the ball anywhere on the pitch and has a sublime touch - loves to slide passes through tight angles, flick a touch around the corner, pings a 40 yarder on the money. Set piece deliverer especially from corners. Leeds will need to defend their posts as the Royals love to attack corners and have a a strong aerial presence.
Leeds best chance will be to play the patience game as always and frustrate Reading’s desire to attack down both flanks. Tire them out and neutralise Swift from the start. He will dictate everything unless you shut him down and deny him possession and time on the ball. They are still very shaky at the back and we will get chances so it’s about being clinical when we do.
Both teams go into the game off of victories before the International Break with Reading completely destroying Luton and making them look poor. Swift orchestrated the game and Reading should have scored more on the day.
Don’t let the Swift fly and we’l come out easy winners. Be a tough one midweek after Luton so a lot will depend on Saturdays performance at Kenilworth Road. This should be 6 points on the road if we’re serious challengers this season.
Prediction: I’ll go for a 1-2 victory to the Whites.
By Keith Ingham