Paul Clement sees his struggling Reading team take on Derby County in the opening match of the 2018-19 Championship campaign. This match will witness Frank Lampard taking place in the dugout for the first time. The Chelsea icon was recently appointed as the new Derby manager. After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, Reading will be hoping for a much better campaign this time around. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Reading had a disappointing pre-season with no wins in all six matches. The team even went on to suffer defeats against Eastleigh, Wimbledon, and Crystal Palace. Clement has brought in a few experienced names like John O’Shea.
Florian Jozefzoon and Jack Marriot are two significant signings for Frank Lampard in his first managerial career. After reaching the semi-finals last season, Derby will be looking to reach the Premier League for the first time since 2007-08.
Derby and Reading recently met each other back in February and the game produced a remarkable 3-3 draw. The match happened to take place at the Madejski Stadium. Our betting tips and prediction expect a win for Derby.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Derby County win at 2.25[/bet_tip_now]
Reading are at 3.25 for a victory in the match but even this price does not appeal to us. Derby County have been in much better form during pre-season while Reading may be set for another campaign of struggle. The momentum given by Lampard’s presence is likely to carry Derby at least in the first few weeks of the season. Even though draws have been more prominent when these two teams have met each other, Derby are our pick to win the match at 2.25.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Derby County win at 2.25[/bet_tip_now]
Reading vs Derby draw odds: 3.20
Reading win odds: 3.25
Correct Score odds
Reading have been unable to score in three out of the last four matches. They are up against a Derby outfit that has been in excellent scoring form during pre-season. In recent times, this has been a rather entertaining game with Derby alone scoring 11 goals in six matches. Our correct score prediction expects a 2-0 victory for Derby at 10.00.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Derby County 2-0 win at 10.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Reading and Derby have produced immense entertainment in recent years with all of the recent three meetings producing more than 2.5 goals with ease. In fact, the most recent encounter ended up witnessing over 5.5 goals in total.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Over 2.5 goals at 2.15[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Matej Vydra was the top scorer in the regular campaign after finishing with 21 goals – one ahead of Lewis Grabban. He has been able to get two goals in his last three appearances against Reading. Even though he is in doubt with a groin injury, it is difficult to look beyond the Czech Republic international for the opening goal in this game and he can be backed at 6.00.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Vydra at 6.00[/bet_tip_now]
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