Reading take on the visitors Derby County at the Madejski Stadium in the 1st tour of the English Football League Championship. The match will be played in the eponymous city Reading on Friday, August 3rd.
Reading had a bad last season and placed 20th in the table with a 3 points handicap from the relegation zone. However, The Royals are likely to come as a whole another team in the new season. Their head coach Paul Clement has had some time this summer to buy new players and achieve the teamwork. It`s worth noting that none of the key players from last season have left Reading this summer. Interestingly Paul Clement was a head coach of Derby County in the 2015/2016 season and showed some good results back then. A lot of the players from that season are still playing for the Rams so Clement knows all pros and cons of Derby.
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Derby County will be interesting to watch in the new season because their new manager is Frank Lampard who is debuting in this new role for him. Furthermore the club has signed several good players such as Florian Jozefzoon, Harry Wilson. Jack Marriott and Mason Mount. The team has been looking good in the friendly matches this off-season and has won almost all of them. The Rams will be one of the favourites to go through to the Premier League this season. However, Derby County often shows bad performances on the away fields. In their last 10 away matches the team won only once.
In their last match between them Reading and Derby County had a 3-3 draw. Overall the teams have faced each other 22 times for the last 13 years, Reading won 12 of those matches, Derby won 4 and 6 were draws. In the upcoming match the Royals are likely to win because of their experienced coach Clement and their home crowd.
Prediction for the match: Reading to win.