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Ahead of the game: Herding the Rams at Pride Park

21 January 2017

All you need to know about the Royals' trip to Derby in our match preview...

Saturday afternoon will see Reading make the journey to Pride Park when they face 7th placed side Derby County in the Sky Bet Championship.

Steve McClaren's Rams have had mixed fortunes of late, tasting defeat in their last two league outings. However an impressive FA Cup victory at Premier League West Bromwich Albion in between those defeats is an indication of Derby's quality, so Jaap Stam's third placed Royals will have to be wary come the 3pm kick-off. 

Reading will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of QPR last Thursday, with the Royals still sitting 4th in the Championship table. The weekend presents a chance to put nine points between Reading and the top six chasing Rams with a victory at Pride Park.

Tickets for this fixture are available are on Sale until midday on Friday 20th January 2017.

Tickets will be available to buy on the day of the game at Pride Park for visiting supporters.  All ticket prices will rise by £3 compared to advance prices, and will be available from the Away Ticket Office outside the away turnstiles (cash only).

For full ticket information for this fixture, click here.

Stam: "Going over there and getting a result is what we want to do and will be trying to do, but it won't be easy."

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 20, 2017

“We’re expecting a battle, and hoping for a win!" @gmccleary12 previews tomorrow's trip to the Midlands:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 20, 2017

"Now we want to get back to business" - that's the message from @AliAlhabsi after a bit of an extended break:

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 19, 2017

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The Royals are at 100/30 to pick up three points at Pride Park on Saturday, with the hosts Derby at odds of 17/20 to secure a home victory. Sky Bet, title partners of EFL, have placed the odds of a draw between the two clubs at 5/2.

After signing his new contract Reading forward Garath McCleary is at odds of 11/4 to score for Reading at Pride Park on Saturday. Midfielder John Swift has been given 4/1 odds to net on Saturday afternoon against the Rams.

Peter Bankes
will be the man in charge in Derbyshire. He has yet to officiate a Reading game this season, with his last match involving the Royals our 4-0 FA Cup win at home over League One Walsall last season. The referee dished out three bookings that day.

Geoffrey Russell and Daniel Leach will be running the lines on Saturday, with Oliver Langford as fourth official.

We wish to politely reminder supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.

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