Leeds United travel down to the Royal County of Berkshire to face a Reading side that have, like the Whites, seen a season of disappointment.
The game at the Madejski will pit a falling Leeds United side against a stagnating Reading in a game where three points would be a welcome bonus for both sets of fans. Reading supporters will be hoping for a win to drag them away from the bottom, Leeds supporters will just be hoping for a win.
The home side are on a run of six-game form that has seen them pick up just three points from a possible last 18 on offer. Their last six home games have seen four losses and just two draws with five goals scored and 12 conceded. Leeds’ six-game form is slightly better with five points from a possible 18. On the road Leeds United have been in pitiful form over the last six games with just two draws to show for their endeavours with three goals scored and nine conceded.
Three things long-suffering Leeds United fans to hope for
1. A visit from Lady Luck: it would be nice to have an upturn in fortune and a kind smile from the Gods of football. The Whites only have one win in their last thirteen, a resolute 1-0 victory over an improving Brentford side three games ago.
Since then it has been successive 3-0 spankings against Middlesbrough and Wolves last time out. Leeds fans will be hoping for more fortune and less frantic as they look to pick up on the road after a nightmare start to the 2018 portion of their 2017/18 Championship season.
2. Things linking up, not falling apart…again: it was a ditty sung, often in tandem, by away fans last season as Leeds United stuttered, before full-on stumbling and losing out of a play-off place before finishing 7th in the league. That ditty was sung by Leeds fans as early-season form drove them up the table and saw them briefly touch top spot with some glorious football.
That sparkle has gone and the glorious football has been replaced by something more turgid. Things aren’t linking up at the moment. The midfield aren’t protecting the back four, the back four aren’t protecting the keeper and no-one’s getting the ball into danger areas where striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga can profit. That needs to change, hopefully it will for Whites fans.
3. Passion and pride please: the Wolves game was a 3-0 loss but, in fairness, any threat Leeds United might have had was nullified by a fantastic Wolves team. However, in the game prior to that against Middlesbrough they were dire. In fact the Whites were beyond dire and were, in fact, bloody awful. Fans rightly shook their heads in bewilderment, from early season table-toppers to a side that demonstrated hardly any threat.
Leeds United’s loyal travelling fanbase would welcome a positive result and three very valuable points. However, they’d likely value nearly as much a side that shows some spirit and a degree of gumption rather than one that is willing to roll over and have its belly tickled.