Reading v Derby County Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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Paul Clement’s Royals hope to kick-off the Championship season with a home win, but our tipster fancies new Rams boss Frank Lampard to start well

Reading take on Derby County in the Championship's curtain raiser on Friday night.

The Berkshire outfit are as big as 14/1 (15.0) with dabblebet for promotion this season while their visitors - who reached the play-offs last year - are an attractive 17/4 (5.25).

Latest odds

The hosts are 21/10 (3.10) outsiders to begin with three points as they have done in just one of their last four seasons.

Lampard has impressed the natives in his new job and a winning start to his managerial career is 11/8 (2.38) as the Rams look to improve on last season's play-off semi-final heartbreak.

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A draw, which occurred in this fixture last season as the two sides each scored three times, can be found at 11/5 (3.20).

Team News

Derby have made some exciting additions this summer, with Mason Mount and Florian Jozefzoon set to make competitive debuts in what is expected to be a 4-3-3.

Reading could also line up in a 4-3-3, with David Meyler holding and John Swift pushing on from midfield whilst auxiliary forward Yakou Meite should lead the line.

Can Mount strike?

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Midfielder Mount has scored 21 goals in 64 competitive appearances, meaning he has scored in 33 per cent of games, but the 14/5 (3.80) on offer for him to score anytime implies a probability of 26 per cent.

The 19-year-old, who lit up the Eredivisie with Vitesse last term, bagged in the final warm-up game and won many plaudits from Lampard, who appears to see something of his old self in Mount.

Preview and predictions

It is wrong to place too much emphasis on pre-season, but the teams had differing final friendly matches as Derby beat Wolves 2-1, while Reading ended a challenging summer with a 4-0 loss to Crystal Palace.

It’s hard to escape the feeling that the two clubs could be at different ends of the table this term as the Rams fight for promotion, so we’ll take the 9/5 (2.80) on a Derby win with over 1.5 goals.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Derby to win with over 1.5 goals at 9/5 (2.80) for a 1pt stake with dabblebet

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