Reading hosts County at the Select Car Leasing Stadium in the EFL Championship on Monday afternoon. Both the sides had a poor run of form this season.
We can expect the match to be played amidst the COVID spread. Reading will finally play for the first time after 23 days as a series of their games got postponed.
The Royals’ have won only once out of the 5 games played at the latest. Their latest outing against West Brom ended in a 1:0 defeat.
Veljko Paunovic’s men will hope to get back to form now as they are just a place above the relegation zone. They are currently placed 21st in the league table.
On the other hand, Wayne Rooney’s men have been good off late. They have won their last three matches defeating Stoke City 2:1 in the last match.
Derby are currently placed at rock bottom of the table with 10 points of the 24 games played. But the sudden rejuvination of form would surely make Rooney optimistic to bag another three points.
Reading vs County Team News, Injuries, Suspensions
Reading are set to miss Yakou Meite and Tom Mcintyre due to long term injuries. Ovie Ejaria and Liam Moore might return to the squad after recovering from COVID.
Derby on the other hand are set to miss Krystian Bielik, Lee Buchanan, Jack Stretton from their side.
Head to Head
Both the sides have faced off in 31 matches with one another where Reading has an upper hand winning 16 of them. Although Derby has won 9 of them, Rooney’s men won the last meeting defeating Reading FC by 1:0.
Reading form in last 5 matches: L-D-W-L-D
Derby County form in last 5 matches: L-L-W-W-W
Reading vs Derby Predicted Lineup
Reading possible lineup:
Southwood; Yiadom, Holmes, Dann, Baba; Laurent; Halilovic, Drinkwater, Swift, Ejaria; Carroll
Derby County possible lineup:
Allsop; Jagielka, Davies, Forsyth; Byrne, Thompson, Bird, Knight, Ebosele; Kazim-Richards, Plange
Both the teams need a win to keep themselves safe from the relegation zone. Although Reading are currently above County in the points table, but the current form of Rooney’s men might cause them worries. As a result, we can see County taking all three points and winning their fourth game in a row.