Teams: Derby County, Burton Albion
MATCH PREVIEW: READING v DERBY
Posted on: Thu 04 Oct 2007
Much like last week's clash with Bolton, the Rams' visit to Reading on Sunday doesn't take on must-win proportions but it is one that neither side will want to lose.
The Royals charged their way to Premier League promotion in 2006 and took the top-flight by storm last season to ultimately finish eighth and narrowly miss out on European football.
This time around, however, they've not made the best of starts and find themselves fourth from bottom, just two points ahead of Derby.
Reading go into Sunday's game on the back of the highest-scoring game in Premier League history - that extraordinary 7-4 defeat at Portsmouth.
For Derby, it's a chance to build on that point against Bolton in another encounter against one of the sides around them in the table.
Victory at the Madejski Stadium will lift Billy Davies's side above the Royals and give the Rams a real boost going into the international break.
Glen Little and Kalifa Cisse miss out for Reading due to Achilles and knee injuries respectively.
Ibrahima Sonko played 90 minutes for the Royals' reserves in their 1-1 draw at Derby on Monday night after a lengthy absence but is unlikely to feature.
Mikkel Andersen has a pelvic problem and is still on the sidelines, while Bobby Convey and John Oster may be involved.
For Derby, Giles Barnes is expected to be fit after missing out on Monday's reserve game with a slight ankle knock.
Darren Moore also got an hour under his belt in the same match having been on the bench last week against Bolton.
Craig Fagan sits out the final game of his ban.
Sunday's meeting will be the first between the two sides in the top-flight of English football.
Derby have won on only one of their four visits to the Madejski Stadium, losing on the other three.
Their last trip to Berkshire came on April 1 2006 as Reading beat Terry Westley's Derby side 5-0 to clinch top spot in the Championship.
Reading goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann is set for his 250th appearance in English football following spells at Fulham and Rochdale.
A start for Claude Davis will be his 100th league start in this country, including his time at Preston and Sheffield United.
Lancashire's Lee Mason takes charge of the Rams for the second time this season.
Mason oversaw the second game of the campaign, away at Manchester City, when he issued four yellow cards.
His season's total stands at 27 in eight games, with no dismissals.
Originally Posted by Nico
I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!
Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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