The final game of a pretty traumatic season for both sides, sees Reading needing at least a point to have any chance of staying in the division, with even a victory not guaranteeing survival.
Derby are already down, but thanks to some words of encouragement from Reading Assistant Manager Kevin Dillon, the Rams now have something to play for.
Kevin Dillon’s words of wisdom, that for some reason upset Paul Jewell;
‘Let’s put it this way, if we can’t beat Derby, it will be hard to take.
‘They’ve had a bad season. Paul Jewell has gone in there and had massive problems from the start, and they’re going to have the lowest points in the top flight, lower than Sunderland.
‘Pride Park must be a pretty dour place to play for their players.’
Derby Team News:
Derby have a whole host of names back from loan stints and are sweating on the fitness of full back Jay McEveley.
Player to watch: Giles Barnes
Absolutely mustard and one of my favourite players in the league, will probably score the goal to send us down.
Reading Team News:
The Royals are hoping that Glen Little can shake of a calf strain going into this must win game.
Marek Matejovsky will start as the Royals look for all 3 points.
Player to watch: Marek Matejovsky
I’ve said before that he holds the key to our survival. He sees passes that other players don’t and has amazing technique. If he’s on form, Reading will win.
Match Facts & Stats
Reading need to hope that Fulham don’t win at Fratton Park if they’re to have any chance of staying up.
The Royals have gone six games without scoring.
If Reading fail to win, it will be the first time in their history that they’ve failed to do the double over any team in a season.
Mike Riley (Leeds, Yorkshire)
I don’t want to call this. My heart says Reading win, but I just can’t see it. I think we’re just going to have to rely on Fulham and Birmingham losing.
My Prediction: Derby 0-0 Reading
Blackpool (a) 09/08/08