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Derby are bottom of the Championship with -2 points and they face the prospect of more deductions, which could leave The Rams with an insurmountable task to avoid relegation.
On the pitch, draws have been the story of Derby’s early season as they have seen four games finish all square and they have only won on two occasions in the league this term.
With a squad that has had little investment, Wayne Rooney will be pleased with his side’s efforts this season, but he will be disappointed with their most recent result that ended in defeat.
They seemed set to hold Sheffield United to a goalless draw at the weekend, however The Blades won a penalty in the 89th minute and Billy Sharp stepped up to dispatch the spot kick to snatch all three points.
If Derby are to close the gap between them and safety then they need to find the net more regularly as they have only managed to score six league goals this season.
Reading have numerous injury absentees that include centre-backs Tom Holmes and Michael Morrison.
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Luke Southwood has impressed in goal recently and kept his place in the starting lineup on Saturday despite Rafael Cabral returning to the squad after a hand injury and the young goalkeeper will start again on Wednesday.
Paunovic could name the same lineup as he aims to guide his side to their fourth successive victory.
Derby County possible starting lineup:
Allsop; Byrne, Jagielka, Davies, Buchanan; Bird, Shinnie, Morrison; Sibley, Baldock, Lawrence
Reading possible starting lineup:
Southwood; Tetek, Yiadom, Laurent, Baba; Drinkwater, Dele-Bashiru, Swift; Halilovic, Ejaria, Hoilett