Derby County vs Reading preview: How to watch, team news, kick-off time, predicted lineups and ones to watch
 Reading United's Alen Halilovic (2nd left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Middlesbrough at Madejski Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Reading, England. (Photo by Andrew Kearns - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Derby County and Reading are desperate for three points when they face off on Wednesday as both sides face points deductions.

Derby were given a 12 point deduction on Wednesday after going into administration, while Reading are reportedly in talks with the EFL over a  nine-point deduction, for breaching profit and sustainability rules.

Despite the off-field issues, both sides are fairing quite well on the pitch, with Derby being mid-table without the point deduction, while Reading have won their last three games.

Team news

Derby will be without goalkeeper Kelle Roos after he received a straight red card in the Rams 1-0 loss to Sheffield United on Saturday. They are also without Colin Kazim-Richards and Krystian Bielik, who are both injured.

Reading currently have an abundance of injuries, leaving them with no natural centre-backs, with Scott Dann the closest to returning, but is unlikely to make his debut.

Predicted lineups


Allsopp; Byrne, Jagielka, Davies, Buchanan, Bird, Shinnie, Morrison, Sibley, Lawrence, Baldock.


Southwood; Tetek, Yiadom, Laurent, Baba, Drinkwater, Dele-Bashiru, Halilovic, Swift, Ejaria, Hoilett.

Ones to watch

Curtis Davies

The veteran centre-back has been one of the most underrated defenders this season. Alongside Phil Jagielka at the back, his experience shines, making up for his lack of pace with the knowledge, physqiue and heading ability.

John Swift

The midfielder has been arguably the best player in the division, having the most goal contributions in the league, scoring seven times and assisting five in nine league games. If Reading are to achieve success this season, Swift will be pivotal.

Previous meetings

The last time these two sides met was back in April, when Reading ran out 3-1 winners at the Madejski Stadium, courtesy of goals from George Puscas, Lucas Joao and Michael Olise.

How to watch

This game kicks off at 19 45 pm on Wednesday, September 29, and is available to watch on Sky Sports Red Button