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20 September 2013

Key info for Rams clash

Team News
Derby: Midfielder Will Hughes is a doubt after suffering a groin and pelvis injury during their 2-2 draw at Bolton. Midfielders Jeff Hendrick (ankle) and James Bailey (knee) and centre-halves Shaun Barker and Mark O'Brien (both knee) remain out.

Reading: Jem Karacan is out after suffering a serious injury during the win over Leeds, Pavel Pogrebnyak returns from suspension and the Royals are waiting on a number of players who picked up knocks on Wednesday night.

At 12 noon on Friday, advanced tickets will go off sale. Away tickets can be bought on the day from the South Stand ticket office, but please note that matchday prices increase by £3 for adults and £2 for concessions. Click here for more info.

By car: Take the M40 North, then at junction 3A exit and join the M6 North (Toll). At junction T4, take the A38/A5 exit to Burton/Lichfield/Tamworth, merge onto the A38, go over a roundabout and at the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Ashbourne Rd/A52 and follow the signs.
By train: You can travel via Crosscountry direct from Reading to Derby.

Click here for more info on travelling to Pride Park.

Derby Factfile
Full name: Derby County Football Club
Nickname: The Rams
Founded: 5 February 1884
Ground: Pride Park Stadium (Capacity 33,597)
Chairman: Andrew Appleby
Manager: Nigel Clough
Last season: 10th in the Championship

Derby wins: 8
Draws: 5
Reading wins: 19

In quotes
Derby boss Nigel Clough: "Reading have a strong squad and they’ll be tough opponents for us. They got a good win on Wednesday night against Leeds and they’ll be feeling a bit better about themselves after that result."

Reading manager Nigel Adkins: "Derby are on fire. They are doing great, it's a great challenge and one we should relish. We have to keep building momentum and stay in the race."

Derby striker Jamie Ward: "You expect Reading to be strong; they have a lot of ability. It will be a tough test but this is where we need to try and break our duck at home and put on a good performance."

Royals midfielder Hope Akpan: "It was a great feeling to get a win late on, one of the best – and now we have to go to Derby and get three points."

The Officials
Referee: Tim Robinson
Assistants: Jake Hillier and Mark Russell
Fourth Official: Joe Clark

Reading are 5/1 with Sky Bet to win at Pride Park and keep a clean sheet - click here for more odds.

Live Commentary
Not going to Derby? Not to worry - we've got it covered!

You can listen to every pass, tackle and goal with live commentary on Reading FC Player. Tune in on Saturday afternoon - you can also catch pre-match and post-match chat as the Royals do battle with the Rams. Sign up to Player by clicking here, it's just 10p a day, and you get tons of other exclusive videos.

As ever, we'll also provide live updates on our Twitter and Facebook pages, and don't forget to follow our Instagram page OfficialReadingFC for loads of exclusive images.

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