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2014/15 Preview: Part Three

23 July 2014

Charlton, Derby, Fulham & Huddersfield

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


When we meet: Saturday 8th November (H), Saturday 21st March (A)
Distance between us: 50.3 miles
Former Royal: Simon Church
Last five vs Charlton: LDLWW

The Addicks will play the Royals again in 2014/15 after securing their Sky Bet Championship status under manager Jose Riga, after Chris Powell was sacked.

Two 1-0 victories ensured that Nigel Adkins' side took six points off the Londoners in 2013/14, whose best memory of the season would perhaps be their run to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Jose Riga left the Club this summer to join Blackpool, with former Belgium international Bob Peeters taking now taking charge of the team.

Although highly-rated midfielder Diego Poyet has left Charlton for West Ham, the Addicks have brought in several players to bolster their squad, including former Royal Andre Bikey and ex-Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim.

Derby County

When we meet: Saturday 18th October (H), Saturday 2nd May (A)
Distance between us: 142 miles
Former Royal and Ram: Kalifa Cissé
Last five vs Derby: WDWWD

The Rams came desperately close to a return to the Barclays Premier League in 2013/14, but a late Bobby Zamora strike snatched ten-man QPR a 1-0 win in the Play-Off final.

County's form greatly improved after Steve McClaren took over from Nigel Clough in September, leading the side to a third-placed finish - and Derby are set to launch another strong promotion push this time around in the former England manager's first full season in charge.

Reading earned four points against Derby last season with a 3-1 win away from home before a goalless draw at Madejski Stadium, and fixtures against the Midlands side could prove important again - especially as Reading travel to Derby on the final day of the campaign.

Several players have committed their futures to the iPro Stadium over the summer, while Spanish youth international attacking midfielder Ivan Calero has arrived from Atletico Madrid and George Thorne has signed from West Brom.


When we meet: Saturday 13th September (H), Saturday 17th January (A)
Distance between us:  38.5 miles
Former Cottager: Pavel Pogrebnyak
Last five vs Fulham: WLLDW

The Cottagers are one of the favourites to win promotion to the Premier League following their relegation from the top flight last season.

A whole host of players are leaving the London club, including Kieran Richardson to Aston Villa and former Royal Steve Sidwell to Stoke City.

But a handful of new stars have arrived at Craven Cottage, most notably Ross McCormack for £11m from Leeds United.

Martin Jol and subsequently René Meulensteen were both saked from the manager's role in an unsuccessful 2013/14, with Felix Magath - who took over in February 2014 - currently in the hot seat.


When we meet: Tuesday 19th August (H), Tuesday 24th February (A)
Distance between us: 206 miles
Former Terrier: Sean Morrison (loan)
Last five vs Huddersfield: WWWWD

The Terriers avoided relegation from the Championship for a second successive season in 2013/14, since they were promoted from League One in 2012 - when Sean Morrison was at the Yorkshire club on loan.

Last year, Nigel Adkins' men won 1-0 at the John Smith's Stadium before sharing the points at Madejski Stadium, though on their day Huddersfield were excellent - beating Bournemouth and Yeovil 5-1, Barnsley 5-0 and Watford 4-1.

Huddersfield, who have signed Joe Murphy from Coventry City and Lee Peltier from Leeds United on free transfer, will attempt to cement their place in England's second tier in 2014/15.

Former Manchester United striker Mark Robins remains as manager of the club, after taking over in February 2013.

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