Rams to make Royals pay on opening night

Frank Lampard

All eyes will be on Frank Lampard tonight and I think he can make a winning start to management with Derby by winning at Reading.

Derby to win @ 6/5

The former Chelsea, England, and let’s not forget, West Ham star has impressed with the quiet way he has gone about retirement, providing excellent insight as a pundit and generally coming across as a man who would make a good coach.

In stepped Derby to give him that chance and he takes over a side who lost out in the play-offs last term and may well need a sprinkling of stardust in the dugout to take them to the Premier League.

Opposing number Paul Clement knows how tough it is at Pride Park, having been sacked in 2016 for not playing with the board’s chosen principles, despite being fifth in the table.

He saved a mediocre Reading team last season and the lack of summer investment suggests he may have his work cut out again.

They failed to win a single game in pre-season and with Derby beating both Southampton and Wolves, look out for a Rams win.

Marriott to score at Anytime @ 7/4

Like predecessor Gary Rowett, Lampard is likely to favour experience at the back and youth going forward, with his recruitment having a rather green feel to it.

The man tasked with leading the line is 23-year-old striker Jack Marriott after arriving from Peterborough and has some pedigree, netting 27 goals in League One last term.

After failing to make the grade at Ipswich, he has enjoyed good spells with Luton and the Posh and has the pace and movement to trouble what over the last 12 months has often looked a ponderous Reading defence.

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