Reading

V

Madejski Stadium

24/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

Derby County

V

Madejski Stadium

24/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Two teams at opposite ends of the table have lots to play for, as relegation candidates Reading welcome promotion chasing Derby to the Madejski Stadium.

Last time: Reading took Pride Park by storm as they ran out 4-2 winners in the reverse fixture back in November. The Royals scored twice in the opening 15 minutes before adding two more in the second half to secure all three points.

This time: Reading are 21/10 with Derby at 13/10 and the draw is 23/10

You might remember: Back in 2007-2008 when these two faced off as Premier League sides. Reading were victorious on both occasions that season, securing a 1-0 home win and a comprehensive 4-0 win on the road. Reading striker Kevin Doyle hit the net in both games.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Reading haven’t won a Championship game at home since November

Reading have recorded only one Championship win in 2018 and are poised precariously over the relegation places. Only four points and four positions separate them from the league’s trap door and Jaap Stam will be desperate for points here. Reading start as second favourites at 21/10 and it comes as no surprise due to their home form this season. Without a win at the Madejski this calendar year, The Royals have the third worst home record in the Championship.

A disappointing mid-week draw with Leeds saw Derby lose ground in the race for automatic promotion. Derby are 13/10 for the win and hit the road in the knowledge they have the third best away record in the division. However, with only one win in their last six matches and none in their last three, The Rams will be searching for a win to keep alive their hopes of claiming that priceless second spot in the table.

With 20 draws between them this season and neither in top form in recent weeks the draw should not be ruled out; its 23/10 for the stalemate.

Reading pair Chris Martin and Jón Daði Böðvarsson are both 7/1 to break the deadlock. Top scorer Modou Barrow is 9/1 while scorer of their goal in mid-week Omar Richards is 33/1.

17 goal hitman Matej Vydra is front runner to score first, he is at 9/2 to grab the games opener. Vydra is backed up by Cameron Jerome at 11/2 and wide man Adreas Weimann, the later notched The Rams first girl in their recent draw with Leeds; he is 17/2 to repeat that at the weekend.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Derby have been awarded and converted seven penalties this season, it is 7/1 for the away side to score a penalty in this one. With Vydra as the designated penalty taker and odds of 8/5 for him to score anytime, it is worth considering them both in a multiple bet.

2

We fancy:

Derby to win under 1.5 goals at 6/1. Derby have failed to register a goal in their last two away games while their hosts have failed to find the net in their last three home games, expect Derby to sneak a close game.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

With the last meeting between these two producing six goals, this return game could spring a surprise and see the pair score big again. It is 80/1 for the draw and over 4.5 goals.

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Written by Elio Salerno

Elio Salerno is a Peterborough-based family man, Juventus fanatic, football coach and football obsessive. A serial tweeter, Elio counts Alessandro Del Piero’s World Cup 2006 goal against Germany as his favourite in the sport’s history.