Date: Saturday, 12 September 2020
Season 2019/2020 was nothing but disappointment for all Derby County fans. The Rams have failed to reach the top six placement second time in a row, which means at least one more year spent trying to get back to the elite. Head manager Phillip Cocu is feeling optimistic though.
The team achieved solid results after he was appointed in the previous campaign. With the help of Wayne Rooney and Martyn Waghorn upfront, Derby definitely has the potential to battle for playoffs.
Reading were closer to the relegation zone than promotion battle in the previous season, ending in 14th place. The record on the road was not so bad though, featuring eight wins, seven draws and eight losses.
Head-to-head h2h stats & Previous Meetings
Derby and Reading locked horns 38 times in the past (a big majority of those were in the Championship).
Reading have significantly better results and number of victories (20), while losing 12 games to the Rams.
Last season’s clash at this stadium was won by Derby County 2-1 thanks to the goals of Thomas Lawrence and Wayne Rooney.
It is very interesting for the goals market to mention that last nine games between these teams ended either BTTS or Over 2.5 FT.
Derby vs Reading Prediction
Phillip Cocu has zero reasons to be satisfied with the pre-season period. It is true that he used a lot of players in friendly games against Peterborough United (lost 1-2 FT), Doncaster Rovers (0-0 FT) and Sheffield United (lost 0-2 FT), but team’s morale is surely at low level. Most recent win on penalties against on penalties surely didn’t make things any better.
Reading on the other hand chose some tough opponents for friendlies like Tottenham (lost 1-4 FT), but managed to beat lower quality teams like Colchester and Gillingham. They definitely seem consistent when it comes to scoring, so Both teams to score is going to be our primary betting recommendation.
As for the alternative, Reading Team Goals Over 1.5 FT feels like massive value at 3.00.
Both teams to score @ 1.72
Reading team goals Over 1.5 FT @ 3.00.