Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale admits Leeds United is his favourite game of the season

The former Fulham keeper loved taking on Leeds last season.

Leeds United take on Reading today aiming for their first win of a season that is promising much. The club’s fans have a genuine feeling that they could nick promotion this campaign, after keeping their best players, trimming some of their worst, bringing in new talent and, perhaps most importantly, sorting out the distracting issues behind the scenes regarding controversial owner Massimo Cellino.

Of course Leeds are a team that some would say belong in the Premier League.

They have massive history, a great stadium and a huge fanbase. It was only the financial mismanagement of the club which saw them plummet from the top-flight in the first place.

So many a Championship player must earmark the Leeds away fixture, at the famous Elland Road, as their best fixture of the season.

One who definitely does is Brighton and Hove Albion stopper David Stockdale. Speaking ahead of returning to former club Fulham yesterday, a game Brighton won 2-1, he made it clear that it was the trip to Yorkshire that got him most excited, not Craven Cottage.

He told the Argus:

“It’s a great place (Craven Cottage) and if it’s anywhere near as good as it was last year I’ll be happy.

"For me Leeds United away is the best but I’m a Leeds lad and we played better in that game (last season) than any other football wise."

Leeds however will need to get a win today to avoid any nerves from fans. Reading are a club rebuilding and should be relatively beatable for Leeds if they play like they did against Burnley last weekend.

Stockdale, as a Leeds lad, would surely like to see success for them just as much as he does his current side.

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