Kick-off: 2000, 03/08/2018
Stadium: Madejski Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Frank Lampard’s arrival has created a real buzz about Derby this summer and they can start the new Championship campaign with a win at Reading.
The Rams will be looking to build on last season’s sixth-placed finish with a strong promotion push, whereas the ante-post odds suggest the Royals are facing another relegation battle.
We’re backing County to come out on top at 13/10 in our first Reading vs Derby prediction.
A Look At Reading’s Betting Odds
Former Swansea boss Paul Clement made a good early impact at the Madejski Stadium after replacing Jaap Stam in March, winning his first two home games against QPR and Preston.
That brief surge proved enough to keep the Royals up, but a moderate run-in showed there is still plenty of work to be done to halt this club’s slide from third in 2017 to 16th last term.
Clement has been busy in the transfer market, bringing in the likes of former Manchester United defender John O’Shea, Barnsley full-back Andy Yiadom and Republic of Ireland midfielder David Meyler.
Brighton striker Sam Baldock is another solid addition, but we still fear the Royals lack enough firepower up front.
A Look At Derby County’s Betting Odds
Lampard has inherited a much more settled squad from Gary Rowett and Derby did well enough to make the play-offs last season, before being edged out 2-1 on aggregate by Fulham.
Championship Golden Boot winner Matej Vydra is again among the major fancies to top the scoring charts in this division.
Summer capture Jack Marriott now offers another attacking option after being the leading League One marksman for Peterborough.
Midfield duo Mason Mount and Harry Wilson are interesting loan signings from Chelsea and Liverpool respectively, while Brentford winger Florian Jozefzoon also comes in.
Adding those new boys to a side which has a strong and experienced spine makes Derby an attractive proposition.
This may be a tense affair early on, but 13/2 for County to oblige 1-0 completes our Reading vs Derby betting tips.
Cardiff 0-0 READING
Fulham 2-0 DERBY
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