Leeds United vs Reading Predictions, Betting Tips & Preview
Leeds United will welcome Reading to a sold-out Elland Road on Saturday afternoon with total football expected. Jaap Stam’s Reading have been struggling overall, whilst Leeds look formidable here at home.
Game: Leeds United vs Reading
Venue: Elland Road
Kick-off: Saturday 14th October, 15:00PM
Leeds United have been found out against physical opposition and the European core of their side will need to adjust to that quickly. But most sides at this level aren’t as capable as adapting to that style to suit like Millwall and Cardiff did, and no side is more keen on patience and passing than Reading.
Jaap Stam’s men have failed to find overall form so far this season, picking up a few useful results at home but looking rather predictable with their slow build up and possession-based style. There’s a cutting edge and intensity lacking that the Royals also struggled with at times last season.
Leeds United have allowed just four goals in seven goals at Elland Road, scoring 19 and beating five of their opponents and drawing with Fulham and Hull. And United have actually faced three or four quite stern tests on paper, including their 3-2 win over Ipswich.
Leeds United opened at a shorter price but are currently 10/11 with bookmaker Bet365. The draw is available at 13/5 with Ladbrokes whilst Reading can be backed at 10/3 with Betfred.
When you compare Leeds high pressing, mistake forcing, cutthroat counter-attacking style and compare it to Reading’s patient build-up and sheer reluctance to hoof the ball up the pitch, there are some obvious concerns about the Royals visit to Elland Road. If Reading aren’t sharp and crisp in all that they can do, Leeds are going to hurt them.
Ipswich and Birmingham came to Elland Road and gave their hosts a pretty good game, yet were absolutely torn to shred by devastating counter-attacks that gave Christensen's continental looking side six points. Leeds have beaten better sides this season and need to get back to winning ways. The main concern for the visitors could be the mismatch of styles.
Back our Free Betting Tip: Leeds United at 10/11 with Bet365
Leeds United have had 12 different goal scorers so far this season, four of which have at least five goals. Several others have chipped in with at least two goals. Reading aren’t as free-scoring, and they aren’t as tight as Leeds, but the hosts could be really made to work for their victory.
Back our Score Prediction: Leeds to win 2-0 at 7/1 with Bet365
Pierre-Michel Lassoga looks and feels like a player who could have cult hero status at Elland Road if he haves around for a few seasons, and his link-up play and goals could be a huge factor in any potential promotion challenge. Reading have their danger men, and Leeds have a lot of options, but Lasogga has three in three here thanks to some deadly service from Saiz and co.
Back our Scorer Prediction: Pierre-Michel Lasogga to score at 24/13 with Bet365