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2014/15 Preview: Part Five

5 August 2014

Norwich, Nottm Forest, Rotherham, Sheff Wed

Take a look at who the Royals will be coming up against in the season ahead with Part Five of our Championship opponents for 2014/15. Click here to read Part One, here for Part Two, here for Part Three and here for Part Four.





Norwich City

When we meet: Saturday 29th November (A), Sunday 28th December (H)
Distance between us: 165 miles
Former Canary: Alex Pearce (loan)
Last five vs Norwich: WDLDL

The Canaries are well tipped to return to the Barclays Premier League following their relegation in 2013/14.

Chris Hughton was sacked from the manager's role at Norwich in April 2014 with the Club in a perilous position in the table, with Academy manager Neil Adams taking charge of the side for the rest of the season in a caretaker capacity.

In May, Adams was appointed permanent first team manager following their relegation, but soon had to deal with the departure of star man Robert Snodgrass - who has joined Hull City for £7m.

The Norfolk outfit have found a replacement in Bournemouth's Lewis Grabban, and also Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty from Palermo.



Nottm Forest

When we meet: Saturday 23rd August (A), Saturday 28th February (H)
Distance between us: 144 miles
Former Royal: Simon Cox
Last five vs Forest: WLWWD

Forest will be hoping to launch a promotion bid this season, with Stuart Pearce now officially in charge of the side.

Under Billy Davies, the Reds lost 3-2 to the Royals at the City Ground in November 2013 before going on a run of 14 games unbeaten over the Winter period. Poor form, however, followed and Davies was sacked from his role on 24th March.

Gary Brazil took temporary charge of Forest for the remainder of the 2013/14 season, as they missed out on a place in the Play-Offs of the Sky Bet Championship.

Pearce has brought in a number of players, including David Vaughan from Sunderland, while former Royal Darius Henderson is among those departing as he has signed for Leyton Orient. Finally, Mikele Leigertwood has been on trial with the Midlands side.



Rotherham United

When we meet: Tuesday 4th November (H), Saturday 18th April (A)
Distance between us: 180 miles
Former Royal and Rotherham man: Adam Le Fondre
Last five vs Rotherham: WDLWL

Yorkshire side Rotherham will compete in the Sky Bet Championship this season, after their promotion from League One via the Play-Offs.

United sealed back-to-back promotions at Wembley in May, with a penalty shoot-out victory over Leyton Orient after a 2-2 draw.

Rotherham have brought in several British players, including Matt Derbyshire from Nottingham Forest and England youth international John Swift on loan from Chelsea.

Wes Thomas is among the players leaving United, as he sealed a move back to Birmingham City.



Sheffield Wednesday

When we meet: Saturday 20th September (A), Saturday 31st January (H)
Distance between us: 185 miles
Former Royal: Michail Antonio
Last five vs Wednesday: WWWLL

Wednesday will play the Royals twice in 2014/15 after they secured a 16th-place finish in the Sky Bet Championship last season.

Chris Maguire was the Owls' top scorer in a season that started with worry as the side failed to win any of their opening 12 fixtures, but then claimed a shock 5-2 win over the Royals at Hillsborough Stadium in November.

Stuart Gray's side also beat Reading at Madejski Stadium in February as they kept their heads above water to secure their status in English Football's second tier.

Wednesday have signed the likes of Tom Lees from Yorkshire rivals Leeds and Sam Hutchinson from Chelsea, while over a dozen players have left the club this summer.


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