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Reading vs Derby prediction, free betting tips & odds

Date: 23 January 2024

Kick-Off: 20:00 UK, 21:00 CET

Venue: Select Car Leasing Stadium

The odds are accurate at the time of writing and are subject to change. Check carefully before finalising your wager with your bookmaker.

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North Stand

​Reading vs Derby: Top free betting tips

Our Reading vs Derby prediction is for a goal fest with the Rams our pick to claim the win. Can the home fans focus mainly on support and not so much on protesting this time?

Despite a single defeat in the last 6 rounds (W2 D3) Reading remain inside the relegation zone and they desperately need points. The team’s off-the-field issues and angry protests from fans continue too. Derby are firmly in the race for direct promotion and the Rams have shown the best form of any League One team over the last 13 rounds (W10 D2 L1).  

Total goals prediction: Over 2.5 goals

Our first Reading vs Derby prediction is for a game with at least 3 total goals. All of the last 5 H2Hs played in Berkshire went over 2.5 goals. Also, 7 of Reading’s last 9 matches in all competitions had at least 3 goals in them. 

Goalscorer anytime prediction: James Collins to score anytime

Our next Reading vs Derby prediction backs the in-form striker of the Rams Collins to score again. He has scored 4 goals in the last 4 rounds and 12 goals in his last 16 appearances in all competitions.

With both Connor Washington and Martyn Waghorn out injured right now Collins has a guaranteed starting spot up front for Derby.

​​Correct score prediction: 3-2 to Derby

With our final Reading vs Derby prediction, we back a thrilling contest that in our opinion the Rams have a good chance of edging 3-2. This was the exact result in 2 of Reading’s last 3 league defeats. 

Also, Derby scored exactly 3 goals in 5 of their last 6 wins and 1 of their last 3 league triumphs was a 3-2 victory. 

Reading vs Derby: What the fans think

Reading fans urging each other to avoid another pitch invasion

​Derby fans delighted with a new signing

How far will Derby’s fans travel to Reading? 

The driving distance between Derby and Reading is 130 miles (209km). If there are no delays or detours during the journey it should take around 2 hours and 40 minutes for the away fans to make their way to the stadium.

​Reading vs Derby: Tickets 

All tickets purchased for the original date are still valid. However, those who can’t attend the match now due to the rescheduling, have up until midday on Tuesday 23 to apply for a refund. 

Tickets will be up on general sale on the day of the match, subject to availability, with the Ticket Offices at the stadium open right up until kick-off. 

The price of tickets varies from £18.00 to £29.00 for adults, depending on the stand chosen. These prices are the same both for home and away supporters. 

​FAQs: Reading vs Derby

  • Who will be the referee for this match? Darren Drysdale has been appointed as the main official.  
  • What was the result the last time the sides met? Back in January 2022, the teams shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw again hosted by Reading. 
  • Will Martyn Waghorn play for Derby? The veteran striker Waghorn sustained another injury recently and he will be absent now.
Reading vs Derby prediction, free betting tips & odds

Iskra Zecheva

For over 16 years now, Iskra had been a freelance sports writer. Football and scouting, being among the main fields of her expertise. She has dined with kings, queens and some of the most famous sports figures of the past and the present. Iskra is also a member of the largest independent union of investigative journalists. She has minority ownership at several sports clubs and knows first-hand the pains of supporting a 'small-scale' football club.

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