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EFL: Derby vs Reading

The choking victory against Millwall in the immediate return after the Covid-19 pandemic helped Derby County relive hope of participating in the prestigious play-off round. Meanwhile, Reading has almost given up this season when he has found himself in a safe position. Obviously motivation is the biggest difference between the two teams before the confrontation here and 3 points will be difficult to escape Wayne Rooney and his teammates.

Making guests on the field of direct competitor Millwall, even Derby County was conceded very early. However, the strong fighting spirit has helped the "sheep" to swim upstream successfully with a 3-2 final victory. Even better, Derby County previously won 2 consecutive victories in a more jubilant way when beating Blackburn Rovers (3-0) and crushing Sheffield Wed (3-1) away. Not to mention, Derby County also owns an equally impressive home record. Specifically, the last 9 matches they won to 6, drew 2 and lost only 1, worth mentioning is the only defeat that is before ManUnited in the FA Cup playground. Now with 54 points and only 3 points behind the play-off team, the opportunity for Derby County to return to the promotion race is very bright. Therefore, welcoming Reading at home, "The sheep" will do everything possible to bring advantages to themselves.

Returning to his home ground to welcome Stoke the day after the pandemic, Reading was disappointed to let the opponent hold the ball with a 1-1 final score. However, before the tournament was postponed, Reading also had the last 2 consecutive rounds of victory. Even the matches were isolated against Birmingham 93-1) and Barnsley (2-0). To be fair, Reading's performance this time is not bad. However, the visitors are still not appreciated in the upcoming operation. The reason is that they do not have many goals to strive in the English Premier League this season. Having only got 49 points after 13 wins, 10 draws and 15 losses, the gap was up to 8 points compared to the promoted play-off group. There is obviously not much hope for a top spot for Reading.