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2014/15 Preview: Part Four

29 July 2014

Ipswich, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Millwall

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





Ipswich Town

When we meet: Saturday 16th August (H), Saturday 21st February (A)
Distance between us: 130 miles
Former Royal: Jay Tabb
Last five vs Ipswich: WWWWL

Ipswich will be hoping to be in the promotion mix in 2014/15, after a satisfactory season under Mick McCarthy in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Tractor Boys lost on the opening day 2-1 to the Royals at Madejski Stadium, but soon found form - particularly over the Winter when the side enjoyed an eight-game unbeaten run.

Towards the end of the season, McCarthy's men had a slim chance of making the Play-Offs but sixth place was eventually clinched by Brighton and Ipswich finished three points behind the Royals.

Defender Aaron Cresswell has left Ipswich for West Ham, while among those putting pen to paper at Portman Road this summer is former Royal Stephen Hunt, who signed a one-year deal with the club after a short-term deal was completed last season.



Leeds United

When we meet: Wednesday 1st October (A), Tuesday 10th February (H)
Distance between us: 211 miles
Former Royal: Noel Hunt
Last five vs Leeds: DWWWW

Leeds United will look to put a turbulent 2013/14 season behind them as they prepare for life in the Championship under new Head Coach Dave Hockaday.

In what was Brian McDermott's first full campaign at the Yorkshire club, Leeds never truly found momentum and eventually finished in a somewhat disappointing 15th place.

United were beaten 1-0 by the Royals at Madejski Stadium in September 2013 before a convincing 4-2 victory for Nigel Adkins' men in March.

Star man Ross McCormack has left Elland Road to join Fulham for £11m, while among the arrivals is former Royals goalkeeper Stuart Taylor who was out of contract this summer.


 

Middlesbrough

When we meet: Saturday 30th August (A), Saturday 10th January (H)
Distance between us: 268 miles
Former Boro man and Royal: Leroy Lita
Last five vs Boro: WDWLW

The Royals will come up against Middlesbrough in the upcoming season after their mid-table finish in 2013/14.

A poor start to the campaign inevitably led to the sacking of Tony Mowbray in October, with Mark Venus in temporary charge until former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka signed a two and a half year deal at the helm.

The Club from the North East saw an improved second half of the season, and will hope to push for a place in the Play-Offs in 2014/15.

Boro have brought in Real Madrid goalkeeper Tomás Mejías, Real Murcia forward Kike and James Husband from Doncaster Rovers. Several players have departed the Riverside, including Marvin Emnes to Swansea City.


 
Millwall

When we meet: Tuesday 16th September (H), Saturday 24th January
Distance between us: 45 miles
Former Royal and Lion: Darius Henderson
Last five vs Millwall: WDWDW

The Lions will take on the Royals twice in the upcoming season after they found some fantastic form towards the end of the 2013/14 Sky Bet Championship season to survive.

Boss Ian Holloway described avoiding the drop as the "greatest achievement" of his managerial career as Millwall won five and drew three of their final eight fixtures.

Reading drew 1-1 with the Londoners at Madejski Stadium in October before securing an emphatic 3-0 victory at the Den in February.

Bolton-bound Liam Feeney and Liam Trotter are among the players leaving Millwall this summer, while the likes of Ricardo Fuller and Carols Edwards have joined the London side.


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