Reading FC host Leeds United tonight in the Sky Bet Championship, with the Royals going in search of a third consecutive victory.
Improved home form under Jose Gomes is starting to lead Reading away from the relegation zone, with the Royals entering tonight’s clash on the back of important wins against Ipswich Town and Wigan Athletic.
Obviously tonight’s task is much more difficult, with Leeds battling at the opposite end of the Championship table.
However, Reading have an inside source in the form of Lewis Baker, who spent the first-half of the season on loan with Leeds, before heading for the Madejski Stadium in search of regular football.
Baker has been a regular under Gomes and is starting to show the Championship what he’s all about after an indifferent 18 months.
Here, we take a look at three things that will be going through his mind ahead of a reunion with Leeds…
I really want to impress
There shouldn’t be any bad blood between Baker and Leeds, but he will want to show his former side what they are missing.
The midfielder’s spell at Elland Road was tough for him as Leeds were flying, but he’s still a good player.
Baker will want to show Marcelo Bielsa just how good he can be tonight.
It’s going to be tough
Baker is going to come up against Kalvin Phillips, Mateusz Klich and Tyler Roberts in the midfield tonight, with that trio playing very well at the moment.
Phillips’ defensive mindset is allowing the other two to break beyond Patrick Bamford, with the trio working well together.
Whoever joins Baker in midfield will be in for a tough evening.
Side before self
Ultimately, Baker would sacrifice his own performance for three points for the team.
Reading are in a dogfight and whilst they’ve picked up as of late, they need points on the board.
‘Side before self’ might be Leeds’ motto, but Baker will have that view tonight.