Derby County begin a new era under manager Frank Lampard on Friday night when they make the trip to Paul Clement’s Reading.
Derby to win @ 7/5
The Rams have always been there or thereabouts at the business end of the Championship season and this might be the year they finally make it back to the promise land.
Derby have recruited well through the summer and even brought in midfielder George Evans from Friday night’s opponents earlier this week.
With the Royals just avoiding the drop and Derby making the play-offs last season, not much in the transfer window over the summer has suggested the Royals can spring a surprise.
West Brom to win to zero @ 5/4
The Baggies enjoyed a strong end to their Premier League campaign last season and will be looking to take that form and brand of football under manager Darren Moore into the Championship when they host Bolton.
Moore was able to get the Baggies playing some good stuff in the top flight and who knows what would have happened if he was brought sooner by the powers-that-be.
Bolton only managed to survive relegation from the Championship by the skin of their teeth last season and it could well be another tough campaign ahead.
Veterans Marc Wilson and Clayton Donaldson are just a couple of names that have been brought in over the summer although they are unlikely to propel the Trotters up the table.
This should be a pretty comfortable start for the Baggies as they seek a swift return to the top flight at the first time of asking.
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