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Leeds United host Reading at Elland Road on Tuesday.

Jaap Stam has told Reading's official website that his troops should expect a difficult test against a "quality team" such as Leeds United on Tuesday night.

Visiting Elland Road is an ominous prospect for any side in the Championship at the moment based on Leeds' home form at the moment.

Garry Monk's side have won five of their last seven league matches at home and the Whites supporters will certainly bid to help them extend that impressive record.

Leeds United's Matt Grimes looks dejected

United are sixth in the Championship and victory over Stam's men - who sit third, five points ahead - could help them consolidate their top-six spot a little more, depending on what happens in other matches.

And the legendary Dutchman is certainly aware that his troops are in for a tough examination of their own promotion credentials, adding that he has watched them a lot so far this season.

Leeds manager Garry Monk

“We will be working hard in our training sessions to make sure we are prepared for Leeds,” said Stam, a Champions League winner with Manchester United, to the club's official website. “They are a quality team.

“Physically they are a strong side and I’ve seen them play a lot of games this season so I know a bit about their quality and what they can do.”

Monk and co will go into the clash on the back of a defeat, however, after losing 2-0 to Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday night.

That being said, the reason why the Yorkshire side have done so well this season is a refusal to dwell on things, it seems. They seem to have a knack of bouncing back after disappointments and that should be the fear for Stam and his side.

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