A high-flying Derby County play host to a Reading sided which has been far from impressive this season. Expect the Rams to send the Royals out of the competition on Saturday.
Things are incredibly tight at the top of the Championship this season, a single point separating the top three in the table. Derby sit third to Bournemouth and Middlesbrough following an excellent season to date and will be eager to continue this impressive form into the FA Cup this weekend.
Indeed, the Rams are sitting on a five match unbeaten run and come into this match on the back of a hard fought 2-2 draw in their midweek top-of-the-table clash. As such they will be in high spirits and should prove too strong for the visitors.
Reading’s season has been somewhat indifferent. An inconsistent set of results sees them sit mid-table on 37 points and they will be desperate to bounce back from their 2-0 defeat to Leeds United on Tuesday evening.
It hardly comes as a surprise to see Derby start this match as firm favourites at 5/6, however we’ll be seeking some extra value on a home win. Considering that the Derby defence has leaked three goals in their last two outings, we feel that there is value in the Both Teams To Score betting market with 888sport offering 29/10 for such an outcome coupled with a Derby win.
This leads us on to goalscorers. Thomas Ince has been banging in the goals for the Rams, scoring three in his last two outings. At 27/10, we’ll be backing him to score at some point against a suspect Reading defence.
This match is likely to be extremely closely fought, however the home side will possess the edge and will win by a margin of one goal.
Our betting tips
Derby County win, both teams to score – 888sport 29/10
Anytime Goalscorer, Thomas Ince – Bet365 21/10
All odds were correct at time of posting.