A look ahead to midweek Rams clashReading vs Derby County
Tuesday 15th September 2015, 8pm
Sky Bet Championship
The Royals head into the midweek clash against Derby County on the back of an emphatic 5-1 win on Friday evening against Ipswich – and the game offers a chance to make it four wins on the spin.
The Rams, meanwhile, have their first opportunity to make it back-to-back wins this year – an away win in Preston on Saturday was, surprisingly, the first win of the season for last year’s play-off contenders.
And indeed, since entering the play-off places last September, Derby didn’t exit the top-six until the final weekend of the season – a 3-0 defeat in the East Midlands at the hands of the Royals on the closing weekend meant that their season came to an end there and then.
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Reading midfielder Oliver Norwood: “The dressing room is buzzing and the games can’t come quickly enough now. The performances all season have been really good quality – we’ve just been missing the goals, whereas at Brentford we got three and against Ipswich we got five. They’re starting to go in now and the gaffer is developing a really good squad.”
Reading striker Orlando Sa: “This league is tough – you need to be fit and to recover fast. I will enjoy the hat-trick for the evening, but the next day I will be thinking about the next game. Against Ipswich we played well for 90 minutes. Now we keep working to play like this for most of the games this season.”
In this midweek edition of ‘The Royal’, Chris Gunter talks international success with Wales, the Royals’ start to the new season, captain Paul McShane explains who is to blame for taking a bang on the head, and Aaron Tshibola unknowingly hits a Madejski Stadium landmark – and lots more! Pick up your copy in and around the ground for £3.
Andy Davies is taking charge of just his second Reading fixture; the other was a 7-1 demolition job against Bolton Wanderers in January 2014, in which Adam Le Fondre netted what was the most recent hat-trick by a Royals player – until Orlando Sa netted three on Friday. However both Derby games which he has overseen were wins for the Rams – 2-0 against Blackburn last season, and the same score at Charlton the year before.
David Avent and Dumitru Ravel Cheosiaua will be running the lines as assistants for Davies, while Keith Hill will be on duty as fourth official.
The Royals are favourites to make it four straight wins according to Football League title partners Sky Bet, who are offering odds of 6/4 for a home victory. The visitors are 17/10 to take three points while the odds are 23/10 for it to end honours even.
Nick Blackman has four goals in his last three games, and he’s priced 9/4 to find the net at any time. Matej Vydra is also 9/4 to net his maiden goal in the blue and white hoops, while Orlando Sa is 80/1 to net another hat-trick after his three goals against Ipswich.
From 6pm supporters can visit the Royals Fun Zone, just outside the North Stand, Gate 6. Football based games will be available for young fans to put their skills to the test! The Fun Zone will also be open at half-time for supporters to come and have fun.
And thanks to our Official Pouring Rights Partner, Heineken, Royals fans can enjoy a beverage at the brand new ‘Royals Rendezvous’ before the game. Located outside the East Stand the new area is an ideal place to catch up and enjoy a drink with fellow fans before the action kicks off!
Don’t forget to get your Golden Gamble ticket – the draw, sponsored by STAR, will be made at half-time. Tickets can be purchased from designated sellers based around the stadium, for just £1. There are two prizes up for grabs: a cash prize or an item of Reading FC merchandise, signed by the team! All funds go to the Reading FC Community Trust.
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