Reading – Derby betting tips for today, August 3, 2018.
Football: England – Championship
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Match Result: 1:2 WON!!!
|Kicking off the Championship season, last season’s relegation scrappers Reading, face a tricky opener against last season’s promotion-chasing Derby.|
|2017/18 will be a season to forget for the ‘Royals’ following an end-of-season relegation fight. Manager Paul Clement eventually guided them to a 20th-place finish, drawing 0-0 away to Championship runners-up Cardiff City in their final game.|
|After a sixth-place finish, Derby County snuck into the 2017/’18 play-offs, only to lose 2-1 on aggregate to now-promoted Fulham. Chelsea legend Frank Lampard takes the helm in his first managerial appointment and will be determined to get the ‘Rams’ off to winning ways.|
|With pre-season matches providing a glimpse into the teams’ preparations, Reading (D3, L3) fared less favourably than Derby (W4, L1). With a 4-0 home loss to Crystal Palace in their last warm-up game, Reading’s minus-seven goal difference contrasts to Derby’s plus six.|
|Reading lead the way in the head-to-head record and have 23 wins over Derby’s 12 (with nine draws) – their last meeting resulted in a 3-3 thriller at the Madejski Stadium with a red card for Derby’s Chris Baird.|
|Players to watch: New signing Mark McNulty scored 25 League Two goals last season. Will he get on the teamsheet and make the step up?|
|Meanwhile, last season’s Championship Golden Boot winner Matěj Vydra’s 21 goals piqued Leeds United’s interest – will he stay and pick up where he left off here?|
|Stat attack: Three of their last five meetings have seen goals in both halves with both teams scoring in all five games and 21 goals scored in total.|
|In 18 competitive fixtures since late-January, Reading have only won three fixtures (W3, D6, L9).|
|In their last five season openers, both teams have earned the same points – Reading: W2, D1, L2/Derby: W1, D4.|
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