Assuming the match is able to go ahead, Reading will finally play a game of football for the first time in 23 days on Monday, after a series of postponed games.
The Royals’ form has come in waves so far this campaign – four losses from their first five games was followed by five wins from six in September and October, before four more consecutive losses.
Their most recent five games have been a mixed bag but featured just the one win – an eventful 3-2 away at Swansea City – and saw them lose their last game to West Bromwich Albion.
Veljko Paunovic will hope that his side can start another positive run of form now as they hover dangerously just one place above the relegation zone in 21st.
They have not been playing like relegation candidates for the most part, but must get some more points on the board and will now come up against a side on a strong run and with a point to prove.
Derby may be bottom of the table but if it were not for their 21-point deduction, they would be sat in a comfortable 13th spot in midtable.
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Wayne Rooney’s men have also won their last three matches as they look to make up for further lost ground, winning two games in the last week.
First, a Colin Kazim-Richards goal was enough to see off West Brom at home on Monday, and then three days later, the 35-year-old snatched the points for his side again – this time in the 85th minute – shortly after Tom Ince had cancelled out Luke Plange’s opener.
The wait goes on for new owners at the Pride Park Stadium, but if Rooney continues with the job he has been doing and the Rams can keep up their current momentum, they may just pull off an incredible escape