MATCHWATCH : Derby County (h) sponsored by When Saturday Comes

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MATCHWATCH : Derby County (h) sponsored by When Saturday Comes

by Sutekh » 22 Feb 2018 10:20

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When : Saturday 24th February, 3pm
Where : Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL
Capacity : 24,161

And now it gets difficult. A visit from high flying Derby County. The problem though is probably not so much the opposition but more to do with psychological issues i.e. Reading are at home and more to the point Reading are at home on a Saturday and the club are still waiting to record their first weekend home league win since 29th April 2017. That means there are people out there who have been conceived and born since the last win.

To be fair though Derby are trying to give teams like Reading a chance given they’ve only managed 3 wins in their last 11 games (something Reading can only dream of being on a run of one win in 12). However they have only lost twice in that run and one of those was at ManU in the cup so they are going to be very difficult opponents and probably one where a draw would be snapped up if it were offered now even if Derby have failed to score in both of their last 2 away trips.

Derby will be missing Sam Winnall with a long term injury but are otherwise fully fit. Chelsea loanee midfielder Kasey Palmer is earning some rave reviews from the locals and capped that with a late late equaliser to deny Leeds 3 points last night.

Reading will be without Chris Martin as he is on loan from Derby so Bod should return to the starting line up. Richards return to left back should hopefully continue meaning Bacuna should retain a proper midfield role meaning the team should be more balanced overall. Swift is presumably fit again and I would expect to see him provide an option from the bench.

And so to another battle for 3 points at home. Just wish Reading could maximise their chances by moving the game to a weekday night but then they have to break this miserable Saturday hoodoo at some point so why not this time?

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Tony Harrington is making the long trip down from Cleveland especially to take charge of affairs

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Tony last reffed Reading in the 1-1 at Brentford in September, his last visit to the Mad Stadium was for the 2-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday in December 2016

Historically

This is the 19th visit from Derby for a league game in Reading and all have been played since September 1984.

Reading have the upper hand on Derby with twice as many wins across all league games (20) as their more illustrious opponents. However while Reading have that upper hand and have recorded 11 home wins to Derby’s 3 away wins the fact is that Reading have not won any of the previous 5 home games against Derby (D3, L2) scoring 3 to their 7.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (h) sponsored by When Saturday Comes

by Hound » 22 Feb 2018 10:48

Guessing same team bar Bod in for Martin

Hopefully Swift at least on the bench. Not sure the cold weather is going to be good for his dodgy hammy mind you

Neck out - think we might win this one.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (h) sponsored by When Saturday Comes

by Old Man Andrews » 22 Feb 2018 10:52

Can you ever really trust anyone called Tony?

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by Sutekh » 22 Feb 2018 15:11

Old Man Andrews wrote:Can you ever really trust anyone called Tony?


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by Old Man Andrews » 22 Feb 2018 15:13

Yep, fair.


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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (h) sponsored by When Saturday Comes

by Rea Ding » 22 Feb 2018 15:29

Think we can get a draw for this one, both teams scared to lose. Thinking positively...

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (h) sponsored by When Saturday Comes

by John Smith » 22 Feb 2018 16:54

Would be happy with a draw but we can afford to lose this as Birmingham are playing Barnsley

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (h) sponsored by When Saturday Comes

by leon » 22 Feb 2018 22:38

John Smith wrote:Would be happy with a draw but we can afford to lose this as Birmingham are playing Barnsley


Yawn.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (h) sponsored by When Saturday Comes

by JoeyJoeJoeJnrShabadoo » 23 Feb 2018 00:29

thanks


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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (h) sponsored by When Saturday Comes

by double d » 23 Feb 2018 14:30

Feel pessosmetic about this one. 2-1 win to reading and the revival continues!

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (h) sponsored by When Saturday Comes

by Hound » 23 Feb 2018 14:55

Apparently we’ve dropped 11 points to goals in the last 10 mins this season

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by Tilehurstsouthbank » 23 Feb 2018 15:37

double d wrote:Feel pessosmetic about this one. 2-1 win to reading and the revival continues!


Do you mean pessimistic? You do realise that means the opposite of optimistic right and yet you've predicted a Reading win? :shock:

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (h) sponsored by When Saturday Comes

by Old Man Andrews » 23 Feb 2018 16:09

double d wrote:Feel pessosmetic about this one. 2-1 win to reading and the revival continues!


You've become a parody of yourself. What a tool.


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by genome » 23 Feb 2018 16:45

:lol:

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (h) sponsored by When Saturday Comes

by Hound » 23 Feb 2018 16:50

apparently Vydra may be injured/ill and be out for them

Would take that tbh, probs nailed on to score against us otherwise

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (h) sponsored by When Saturday Comes

by Y21 » 23 Feb 2018 17:00

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It's not hard is it? First image on google image search. A nice, straight, crisp badge.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (h) sponsored by When Saturday Comes

by Sutekh » 23 Feb 2018 17:40

Y21 wrote:Image

It's not hard is it? First image on google image search. A nice, straight, crisp badge.

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Thanks I might update - however the slightly off kilter badge has seemed rather appropriate for the club in recent seasons, though perhaps this season it should actually be upside down (like the league table).

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (h) sponsored by When Saturday Comes

by Sutekh » 24 Feb 2018 14:10

Striker issues aplenty between the sides today.

Bod should start.

Martin ineligible

Kermorgant calf injury

Swift probably on bench

Derby will be missing both Vydra and Nugent.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (h) sponsored by When Saturday Comes

by Sutekh » 24 Feb 2018 15:10

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by Awayawayaway » 24 Feb 2018 15:13

Clement :lol:

Kelly is shit

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