Match date: 12 Jan 2016
| Sport: Football
| Competition: England Other Football
| Stake: 8/10
| Pick: 1
| Match result:
1-1 - Lost
Derby managed to defeat Hartlepool most recently in FA Cup and reach 1/16 finals, before that they suffered defeat against league leaders Middlesbrough and now must go for a victory against Reading in 26th round of English Championship to recoup that result. They are currently at second position at the table with four points less and one match more played than Middlesbrough and must go for a victory here to retain their position which leading them directly in Premier league for the next season. Derby showed great performances in this campaign, with 37 goals scored are among most effective teams in league while also have one of best defenses in league and for sure are one of main candidates for winning promotion. Derby suffered three defeats in this campaign and only one was at home against Leeds in 5th round 1:2. Derby ended previous season and they have failed to reach positions that at least leads them into play offs for promotion but in this campaign they showed significant improving of their form and if continue to play on same level like so far for sure will achieve great results. As for absent players, attacking midfielder Will Hughes (1/0) and defender Jaxe Buxton (0/0) are still out of action due to injuries.
Reading on the other side didn't impressed with their performances in this season, they are currently at 12th position at the table with 33 points. They are coming here after a draw in 1/32 finals of FA Cup and must try to find their placement in 1/16 finals in 2nd leg, before that achieved narrow victory over Bristol City at home. They are not in the best shape, so far managed to celebrate nine times, got six draws and suffered ten defeats, they also scored 30 goals and showed decent attacking skills but must try to improve their defense since conceded 28 goals in 25 games. Reading has negative record in duels against Derby, in five matches suffered three defeats, one of them was in first duel in this campaign while celebrated two times and it won't be easy at all to earn some points here against Derby who's in great shape. All their players are fully fit and ready for this match.
Derby is favorite here, they suffered defeat against league leaders Middlesbrough and must give their best to achieve victory here and recover that negative result in order to retain their 2nd position at the table, while Reading is not in their best shape, they are struggling to find their form in this campaign and I believe that the host will take all three points here in front of their fans.