Scott Minto predicts Leeds clash v Reading, slams style of play against big teams
By Amir Mir
Scott Minto has backed Leeds to beat promotion rivals Reading on Saturday evening at the Madejski Stadium.
Sky Sports pundit Minto slammed the Royals for their style of play against the big teams by claiming that they “don’t understand” how to break down the more difficult sides.
Reading have adopted a more possession-based style this season under manager Jaap Stam, a style that was clearly evident against the Whites during the reverse fixture.
Stam’s side had 77 per cent of the ball but still lost the fixture 2-0 at Elland Road which led to the Dutchman openly criticising his opponents own style of play.
Ahead of fourth vs fifth in the Championship, former Chelsea left-back Minto gave his thoughts on the match as he explained who will be the difference maker.
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“With Reading, I have been really surprised,” Minto told Coral’s official YouTube account. “I have really enjoyed watching how they play and how Jaap Stam has combined really good football which is easy on the eye with winning football.
“I just feel that is their only way of playing and they don’t quite understand if they come up against a side that is very difficult to beat, just how to break them down. I’m talking about the top end of course.
“I think Chris Wood is the number striker, not just for Leeds, but in the Championship too. He will make the difference – for a very good Leeds win.”
Garry Monk will be hoping he can have his key striker Chris Wood fit and available for the weekend encounter after he picked up a knock whilst on international duty.
The New Zealand international has been magnificent in front of goal for the Yorkshire outfit this season, scoring 24 goals, including a further three strikes in the EFL Cup.
Monk’s side have had a mixed bag of results on the road during their last five games, losing one match, drawing two and winning two.
Furthermore, they have not kept a clean sheet away from Elland Road since their 1-0 win at Wolverhampton in October.