Derby County have the opportunity to return to winning ways when they host struggling Reading at Pride Park this weekend. The hosts have picked up just a solitary victory over the past month and the run sees them clinging onto the final playoff position. Reading, meanwhile, ended their two-month winless streak in the previous matchday but they are still in the drop zone with a two-point deficit to safety. Follow all our predictions, odds, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Derby went winless for the second league game on the bounce after they suffered a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Leeds United. However, they managed to make amends in the recent FA Cup third round replay where they beat Southampton in a penalty shoot-out following a 2-2 scoreline.
Reading ended a run of 10 winless matches after they picked up a 2-0 triumph over Nottingham Forest in their home patch. A John Swift strike and an own goal from Jack Robinson sealed the victory over Forest, who ended the game with nine men.
Derby previously faced Reading in the season’s curtain raiser at the Madejski Stadium which they won 2-1. The last encounter at Pride Park witnessed a 4-2 triumph for Reading. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate Derby to return to winning ways.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Derby County win at 1.66[/bet_tip_now]
Reading are offered odds of 5.50 for the win but we are not favouring this outcome due to their wretched away form. The visitors have struggled on the road since October and they have accumulated just three points from eight outings. Moreover, they have also struggled to find the scoresheet and this should play into the hands of Derby, who require a win with the chasing pack closing on them. Our preview is to go for a Derby win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Derby County win at 1.66[/bet_tip_now]
Derby County and Reading draw odds: 3.75
Reading win odds: 5.50
Correct Score odds
Derby have managed seven goals in the past five matches and the statistic is vastly superior to Reading, who have netted just thrice in the run. In addition, the visitors have drawn blank in three of those matches. Our correct score prediction would back a Derby 2-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Derby County 2-0 win at 8.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Derby may have not produced regular clean sheets but they have generally kept the scores down at Pride Park. Their last three home matches have witnessed a maximum of two goals and this has been the outcome in Reading’s past six away trips. Our total goals prediction fancies less than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 2.00[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Harry Wilson has been Derby’s top-scorer in the Championship with nine goals including two in his previous three appearances. The Welshman had recently been on the sidelines with a hip injury but he made his comeback in the FA Cup third round replay with another stellar long-range strike. The 21-year-old should provide the main threat from set-pieces with his sublime free-kick technique. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Wilson.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Harry Wilson at 7.00[/bet_tip_now]
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