MX23RW : Friday, September 21 06:39:30
Oct 18, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Madejski Stadium
Reading
0-3
DerbyDerby County

Hector (43'), Obita (84')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Martin (18', 79'), Ibe (38')
Whitbread (44'), Christie (65'), Eustace (68'), Hughes (77')

Preview: Reading vs. Derby County

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship meeting between Reading and Derby at the Madejski Stadium.

Derby County could move to the top of the Championship table with victory over Reading when they travel to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

The Rams currently sit fourth in the table, just one point behind the league leaders having only lost once all season.

Their unbeaten streak now stands at eight matches, although Steve McClaren may be slightly concerned that half of them have ended all square.

That was the case in their last outing, when they were held to a disappointing goalless draw against an out-of-form Millwall side at the iPro Stadium.

However, that result did also make it three league clean sheets in a row for the Rams, and only three teams have conceded fewer goals than them in the Championship this season.

Things are improving on the road as well, with victories in their last two away outings having failed to win any of their first three.

McClaren will be without George Thorne for the match due to injury, but he will have been happy to see those involved in international duty over the past week return unscathed.

Reading, meanwhile, have slipped into the bottom half of the table following a run of four matches without a victory, a streak which stretches to five in all competitions.

However, those above them in the table have failed to race clear, so despite their relatively poor league position, they remain just four points off the playoff places.

That gap will surely grow if they don't turn their fortunes around soon, however, and the international break should have allowed Nigel Adkins the chance to regroup following their poor 3-1 defeat at the hands of Brentford last time out.

He will be happy to be back at home as well having only been beaten in front of their own fans once this season, with three of their four wins also coming at the Madejski.

They are in fine goalscoring form at home too, finding the net three times in each of their last three matches in their own backyard.

Jem Karacan and Garath McCleary remain sidelined for the hosts, although Simon Cox could return to the starting lineup.

Recent form

Reading: LDDLLW

Derby: DWWWDW

Possible starting lineups

Reading: Federici; Gunter, Hector, Pearce, Obita; Blackman, Akpan, Norwood, Robson-Kanu; Murray; Cox

Derby: Grant; Christie, Buxton, Keogh, Forsyth; Bryson, Eustace, Hughes; Ward, Martin, Russell

Sports Mole says: 2-2

Share this article now:

Who will win Saturday's match between Reading and Derby?

Reading
Derby
Draw
Reading
28.6%
Derby
57.1%
Draw
14.3%
Wolves boss Kenny Jackett on August 10, 2014
Read Next:
Preview: Reading vs. Wolves
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leeds UnitedLeeds85301851318
2Middlesbrough8521113817
3Brentford8431157815
4West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom84222012814
5Bristol City84221410414
6Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd8413129313
7Aston Villa83411412213
8Wigan AthleticWigan84131311213
9Derby CountyDerby8413109113
10Swansea CitySwansea833276112
11Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest8251109111
12Norwich CityNorwich83231213-111
13Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds83231213-111
14Blackburn RoversBlackburn825189-111
15Bolton WanderersBolton8323912-311
16Queens Park RangersQPR8314714-710
17Stoke CityStoke82331013-39
18Rotherham UnitedRotherham8305613-79
19Hull City8215913-47
20Birmingham CityBirmingham806257-26
21Millwall8134711-46
22Reading8125913-45
23Preston North EndPreston8125715-85
24Ipswich TownIpswich8044612-64

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account