MATCHWATCH : Derby County (a) sponsored by things to come

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MATCHWATCH : Derby County (a) sponsored by things to come

by Sutekh » 08 Sep 2020 13:23



When : Saturday 12th September 2020, 3pm
Where : Pride Park Stadium, Derby, DE24 8XL

All ready are we? Another season of god knows what to expect ahead, which is a big part of the underlying issues at Reading. Just when the club looked to finally be getting a little bit of stability behind the scenes and some sort of grip on the playing side the owners decide to change everything and set it all back into the realms of the unknown.

First there’s a manager that is totally anonymous to nearly everyone in the country and would appear to have no knowledge or understanding of League foitball in England - but apparently is really good at developing the “kids”. Then there’s the additional musical chairs behind the scenes moving Nigel Howe away from the CEO role and bringing another gentleman who currently none of us know nor have any clue as to what his experience may be in running a football club.

With all that it’s no wonder supporter expectation is probably more along the lines of dread as the squad was already under-achieving, though showing signs of promise, under a more experienced manager but then what can you do but get behind everyone and just hope that some sort of magic formula has been found.

As to the game, well it’s back to Pride Park for the second time within 90 days to face Wayne Rooney and friends for the right to claim 3 points. Reading have somewhat of a revenge mission to contemplate having been turned over by 2 to 1 at the Madejski on the opening day a little over 2 years ago and also in the opening day fixture at Pride Park back in 2002 when the club went down by 3 to nothing.

Over the close season Derby have extended former Royal George Evans’ contract, brought in David Marshall (keeper from Wigan) and re-signed Matt Clarke (defender) on season long loan from Brighton. The club are also wanting to add an attacking midfielder and striker (Billy Sharpe is being touted) to their ranks and this may well happen before Saturday’s game. Derby have sold Max Lowe and Jayden Bogle to Sheffield United for a combined fee of around £11million and may also get a large sell-on windfall from Watford if Will Hughes is sold to (currently) Spurs so money doesn’t look to be too much of a problem this summer.

At Reading transfers are in a much lower key. Prize sellable assets we all thought would have gone are still about the place with the owners currently seeming completely steadfast in their refusal to sell. If any sales are to be made it would seem that it’s the likes of Jordan Holsgrove, Marc McNulty, Tennai Watson, Ryan East and maybe Sam Walker that will be the ones departing.

On the incoming front Josh Laurent will be expected to make his league debut while loan deals are currently looking to be struck for Rodrigo Riquelme Reche, Ian Maatsen and maybe Pedro Mendes. And no doubt there will be a couple of others that come out of the blue to surprise us all before the window closes.

Out of interest, in that opening day game v Derby a couple of years ago the starting XI was; Mannone, Richards, McShane, Ilori, Yiadom, Barrow, Kelly, Meyler, Aluko, Swift, Bodvarsson. Of that team only 3 are still at the club although all 3 would be expected to start on Saturday.

So give the new manager a chance, get behind the team and look forward to the season.

Referee

The name’s Bond, Darren Bond.

Previously....

11 Jul 20 > Charlton Athletic 0-1 Reading
14 Jan 20 > Blackpool 0-2 Reading (FA Cup)
26 Nov 19 > Reading 0-1 Leeds United
10 Nov 18 > Reading 2-2 Ipswich Town
15 Sep 18 > Preston North End 2-3 Reading
03 Apr 18 > Aston Villa 3-0 Reading
20 Jan 17 > Reading 0-1 Brentford
30 Nov 17 > Reading 3-0 Barnsley
11 Feb 17 > Reading 0-0 Barnsley
13 Aug 16 > Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Reading
14 Mar 15 > Watford 4-1 Reading
30 Aug 14 > Middlesbrough 0-1 Reading

Historically

Reading have largely had the upper hand in games against Derby registering almost twice as many wins (24) in all competitions.

In the league this game will be the 43rd time the two sides have met with all games having been played since 1984 – a drab 0-0 at Elm Park (so, on average, it's been roughly one game a year since then and just goes to show how the once mighty have fallen over the last 4 decades). The return from the 21 previous league trips to Derby is 9 wins, 3 draws and 9 defeats which is really rather good when you consider that Derby have always been a fairly decent top two division team.

How to follow the game


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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (a) sponsored by things to come

by NewCorkSeth » 08 Sep 2020 14:00

Only 3 still at the club??

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by Wycombe Royal » 08 Sep 2020 14:23

NewCorkSeth Only 3 still at the club??

I think he has automatically filtered one name out in "wishful thinking".

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (a) sponsored by things to come

by paultheroyal » 08 Sep 2020 15:56

Checking out Derby County's forum, although expecting a win on Saturday, they are not that hopeful. Weak on players, team style etc.... a good time to play this fixture perhaps particularly as we are so unknown.

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Re: MATCHWATCH : Derby County (a) sponsored by things to come

by Westwood52 » 08 Sep 2020 16:39

Our line up should be interesting.
If we accept three at the back as risky and unlikely.The back four plus Rafa,pick themselves.An English coach would want power in midfield and go with Rino and Laurent;however our new manager might however want more creativity..On reputation unless his xfer his imminent,that would mean Swift playing behind the front three.Jao has to play.Olise has done well post lock down and pre season, and would we really leave Ejaria out of the starting eleven ?But that would mean neither of our top scorers from last season starting.Intriging; Derby will not have a clue what to expect,


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by Snowflake Royal » 08 Sep 2020 17:43

Line up is well and truly fuk knows.

With Meite suspended and no other real wide men at the club I'd probably go for something more like Bowen was using in preseason, assuming McIntyre is injured.

...........................Cabral
...........Holmes, Morrison, Moore
Yiadom.............. Swift............Richards
...............Rinomhota, Laurent
.................................Ejaria,
...........................Joao

But I expect something more like:

.....................Cabral
Yiadom, Moore, Morrison, Richards
...........Rinomhota, Swift
Aluko..........Ejaria............Baldock
......................Joao

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by URZZZZ » 08 Sep 2020 17:57

Snowflake Royal Line up is well and truly fuk knows.

With Meite suspended and no other real wide men at the club I'd probably go for something more like Bowen was using in preseason, assuming McIntyre is injured.

...........................Cabral
...........Holmes, Morrison, Moore
Yiadom.............. Swift............Richards
...............Rinomhota, Laurent
.................................Ejaria,
...........................Joao

But I expect something more like:

.....................Cabral
Yiadom, Moore, Morrison, Richards
...........Rinomhota, Swift
Aluko..........Ejaria............Baldock
......................Joao


When was McIntyre injured? Thought I saw he was on the bench for Scotland U23s tonight

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by Snowflake Royal » 08 Sep 2020 18:04

URZZZZ
Snowflake Royal Line up is well and truly fuk knows.

With Meite suspended and no other real wide men at the club I'd probably go for something more like Bowen was using in preseason, assuming McIntyre is injured.

...........................Cabral
...........Holmes, Morrison, Moore
Yiadom.............. Swift............Richards
...............Rinomhota, Laurent
.................................Ejaria,
...........................Joao

But I expect something more like:

.....................Cabral
Yiadom, Moore, Morrison, Richards
...........Rinomhota, Swift
Aluko..........Ejaria............Baldock
......................Joao


When was McIntyre injured? Thought I saw he was on the bench for Scotland U23s tonight

Dunno, thought I read something about it on here and didn't see him on the bench vs Colchester in a quick glance

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by SCIAG » 08 Sep 2020 18:29

Would like to see this team:

Rafael

Yiadom, Miazga, McIntyre, Bertrand

Little, Carrico, Matejovsky, Cywka

Senior, Melvin-Lambert


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by Old Man Andrews » 08 Sep 2020 18:59

Darren Bond is a cheat and a fcuking liar.

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by Hendo » 08 Sep 2020 19:04

Snowflake Royal
URZZZZ
Snowflake Royal Line up is well and truly fuk knows.

With Meite suspended and no other real wide men at the club I'd probably go for something more like Bowen was using in preseason, assuming McIntyre is injured.

...........................Cabral
...........Holmes, Morrison, Moore
Yiadom.............. Swift............Richards
...............Rinomhota, Laurent
.................................Ejaria,
...........................Joao

But I expect something more like:

.....................Cabral
Yiadom, Moore, Morrison, Richards
...........Rinomhota, Swift
Aluko..........Ejaria............Baldock
......................Joao


When was McIntyre injured? Thought I saw he was on the bench for Scotland U23s tonight

Dunno, thought I read something about it on here and didn't see him on the bench vs Colchester in a quick glance


That’s because he was with the Scotland u21s...

He was an unused sub tonight.

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by SCIAG » 08 Sep 2020 19:16

In all seriousness I’d like to see either

4-3-3
Rafael; Yiadom, Morrison, McIntyre, Richards; Rinomhota, Swift, Laurent; Olise, Ejaria, Joao

Subs: Southwood, Moore, Araruna, Tetek, Aluko, Baldock, Puscas

Two hard runners either side of Swift. Attacking full backs and narrow “wingers”, with Olise being the closest thing in the squad to a like-for-like Meite replacement.

Or:

3-4-3
Erm, as above, but with Moore in for one of the midfielders and Holmes (or Abbey) on the bench ahead of Tetek.

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by Snowflake Royal » 08 Sep 2020 19:18

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When was McIntyre injured? Thought I saw he was on the bench for Scotland U23s tonight

Dunno, thought I read something about it on here and didn't see him on the bench vs Colchester in a quick glance


That’s because he was with the Scotland u21s...

He was an unused sub tonight.

Then in for Holmes with them reorganised at the back so he's on the left for what I'd try then.


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by Simmops » 08 Sep 2020 20:40

Old Man Andrews Darren Bond is a cheat and a fcuking liar.


Which ref would you be happy with ? Shirley they are not all bad?!

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by TheBaldOne » 08 Sep 2020 20:56

I imagine we will go with 4-1-4-1 for the first few games, then maybe see some experimenting down the line.

In which case, it may be something like this:

----------------------------Rafael------------------------------
--Yiadom---------Moore-----Morrison----Richards-
-------------------------Rinomhota--------------------------
---Araruna-------Swift-------Laurent------Ejaria------
-----------------------------Joao--------------------------------

Subs-
Southwood
McIntyre
Bristow
Olise
Aluko
Puscas
Baldock

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by Old Man Andrews » 08 Sep 2020 21:02

Simmops
Old Man Andrews Darren Bond is a cheat and a fcuking liar.


Which ref would you be happy with ? Shirley they are not all bad?!

David Coote.

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by Simmops » 08 Sep 2020 21:05

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Old Man Andrews Darren Bond is a cheat and a fcuking liar.


Which ref would you be happy with ? Shirley they are not all bad?!

David Coote.


He is good. He is no Uriah Renee but then again nobody is.

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by Dave the rave » 09 Sep 2020 13:06

Nice write up...as per.

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by kwik-silva » 09 Sep 2020 13:17

I'd be pretty confident of a 4-2-3-1 but who knows how that'll actually look

Rafael
Yiadom Morrison Moore Richards
Laurent Rino
Olise Swift Ejaria
Joao

Although I think it'd be better to have Swift as part of the double pivot - and I guess we could have someone like Baldock play behind Joao

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by Westwood52 » 09 Sep 2020 13:50

kwik-silva I'd be pretty confident of a 4-2-3-1 but who knows how that'll actually look

Rafael
Yiadom Morrison Moore Richards
Laurent Rino
Olise Swift Ejaria
Joao

Although I think it'd be better to have Swift as part of the double pivot - and I guess we could have someone like Baldock play behind Joao


Yeah I would go with that.

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