Steve Clarke continues to turn the fortunes of Reading around and he will be hoping that continues when Leeds United visit the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday night (8pm).
Clarke has won five and lost just two of his 10 matches in charge since replacing Nigel Adkins in December. If the Royals can keep up that momentum then a play-off push wouldn’t be out of the question despite being 13 points off the play-off places at the time of writing.
Reading grabbed a 2-1 win over Wolves at the Molineux on Saturday thanks to goals from Pavel Pogrebnyak and Danny Williams.
Despite suffering their first defeat in five matches, Leeds continue to struggle sitting just two places and five points above the relegation places.
Before the 1-0 defeat to Brentford at Elland Road on Saturday, the Whites had recorded eight points from four matches, which included wins over Huddersfield Town and league leaders Bournemouth.
Boss Neil Redfearn has shored up the defence in recent weeks. His side has let in just five goals in their last six games which is an improvement on conceding 17 in the 10 matches before.
Leeds’ last win at Reading was in December 1987 and they haven’t won in five attempts since with the home side winning two.
The earlier meeting this season ended a goalless draw at Elland Road but the Royals are unbeaten in their last nine meetings with the Whites, winning four, while Leeds’ last win over Reading was a 3-1 victory at home in February 2005.
Reading captain Jem Karacan is a doubt for the visit of Leeds. The midfielder, who has only recently recovered from a long-term knee injury, missed the win at Wolves after picking up a knock during an under-21 match last week.
Danny Guthrie is close to returning from a groin injury but defenders Anton Ferdinand and Chris Gunter are set to miss out with a calf and ankle injury respectively. New signing Yakubu could be in line to make his debut for the Royals.
Leeds welcome back defender Giuseppe Bellusci from suspension but he may have to make do with a place on the bench due to the form of Sol Bamba. New striker Edgar Cani could be given his first start by Redfearn but midfielder Granddi Ngoyi is out with a thigh problem.