Reading vs. Derby County: Championship – Match Preview

Frank Lampard makes his competitive debut as a manager on Friday evening as his Derby County side travel to face Reading.

Reading are among the favourites for the drop this season and key defender Liam Moore could be on his way out of the club.

They have signed Sam Baldock from Brighton though and he could prove to be an excellent addition.

Derby have added the likes of Mason Mount, Harry Wilson and Florian Jozefzoon in the summer window.

Their most eye catching of additions though was the manager Lampard and Derby have looked good in pre-season.

Match history
The two meetings last season produced an incredible 12 goals, with the fixture at the Madejski finishing 3-3!

Reading have a good recent record against Derby and have lost just two of the last eight.

Last five league meetings (All Championship)
Reading 3 Derby County 3 – 24/02/18
Derby County 2 Reading 4 – 04/11/17
Derby County 3 Reading 2 – 21/01/17
Reading 1 Derby County 1 – 01/10/16
Derby County 1 Reading 1 – 12/01/16

Under 2.5 goals – 4/6 with Betfred

Team news
Moore is very unlikely to be involved having handed in a transfer request following interest from Premier League side Brighton.

David Meyler should make his debut having joined from Hull City.

Derby County are expected to give debuts to both Mount and Harry Wilson.

Tom Huddlestone went off in their last friendly fixture and is a big doubt.

Expected starting XI’s
Reading (4-3-3): Mannone; Yiadom, Ilori, McShane, Gunter; Meyler, Swift, Kelly; Barrow, Bodvarsson, Aluko
Derby County (4-3-3): Carson; Wisdom, Keogh, Davies, Lowe; Ledley, Byron, Mount; Wilson, Nugent, Lawrence

Predictions

Result: Derby County (7/5 with Betfair)

Correct Score: 0-1 (13/2 with 888 Sport)

Anytime Goalscorer: Harry Wilson (10/3 with Betfred)

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