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Derby vs Reading Predictions

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Tip Reasoning

Derby were winners in the FA Cup in midweek, and the Rams are looking to continue that momentum into this weekend’s clash with Reading. Jose Gomes turned a corner with the Royals after winning for the first time, as they beat Nottingham Forest on Saturday. However, they were buoyed by problems for the East Midlands side, who had just lost their manager. However, the visitors seem to have got lucky once again, with another East Midlands dealing with issues here.

Derby’s complaints about Leeds’ spying were met with mixed reactions, but Marcelo Bielsa’s response was unexpected. The Argentine didn’t just share details that they found out from the Rams’ training camp, he essentially laid out a gameplan for the rest of the Championship sides ahead of their own meetings with Derby. It wasn’t ideal for Lampard, who faces a test at an interesting time. His managerial career started against Reading in August and now it faces a big test against the same opposition.

Portuguese coach Gomes is likely to delve deep into Bielsa’s press conference, as well as research of his own. However, the visitors have major issues of their own. They are still in the bottom three despite last weekend’s win, after picking up a single victory in their last 12 matches. Those struggles have pushed the Royals into danger of the drop, something Gomes is desperate to turn around. Can he inspire his side to a result against the Rams to boost their survival hopes?

The visitors aren’t that reliable on the road, having picked up just nine points in 13 matches. They’ve won only once, while they’ve had a tough time scoring goals. They’ve averaged 0.85 per match on their travels, and we don’t see them having a great time at Pride Park. Lampard’s side had more success against Premier League opposition in midweek, so their confidence should be high going into Saturday’s clash.

The Rams have six home wins this season, while they’ve remained unbeaten of late through some tough outings. They come into this week’s clash aiming to punish a side who have failed to score in six of their last seven on the road. With a significant gulf between them, we think there’s value in the home win here. Even with Bielsa’s press conference we don’t think that the Royals have enough to cause problems at Pride Park.

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