Confirmed: Reading v Leeds lineups: Bianchi returns

Reading Madejski Stadium 2

Here are the teams as Reading take on Leeds United.

Reading go into the game against Leeds with a lot going for them. They have a better attack than the Yorkshire club and are higher up the Championship table. This is a great chance for them to close the gap on the play-off places and three points should be enough to put the team into the top half of the table. It won’t be an easy game but Reading will be looking to impose themselves on the match, taking full advantage of their superb result against Wolves last weekend.

For Leeds this match is a chance to make up for a disappointing defeat in their last game against Brentford. Neil Redfearn will stress the need to build some momentum to his players, with Leeds by no means out of danger near the bottom of the table. How Redfearn sets the side up will be interesting as width is not natural for this team, presenting a possible weakness which Reading could look to exploit over the course of 90 minutes. Leeds could move up the table several places with a win.

Reading lineup

Starting:

  • Adam Federici
  • Michael Hector
  • Alex Pearce
  • Stephen Kelly
  • Nathaniel Chalobah
  • Garath McCleary
  • Oliver Norwood
  • Jordan Obita
  • Daniel Williams
  • Nick Blackman
  • Pavel Pogrebnyak

Substitutes: Mikkel Andersen, Jake Cooper, Hope Akpan, Hal Robson-Kanu, Simon Cox, Jamie Mackie, Yakubu.

Leeds lineup

Starting:

  • Marco Silvestri
  • Giuseppe Bellusci
  • Sam Byram
  • Charlie Taylor
  • Sol Bamba
  • Scott Wootton
  • Tommaso Bianchi
  • Lewis Cook
  • Alex Mowatt
  • Luke Murphy
  • Steve Morison

Substitutes: Stuart Taylor, Dario Del Fabro, Casper Sloth, Mirco Antenucci, Edgar Cani, Souleymane Doukara, Billy Sharp.

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