The Championship gets underway this evening and Paul Robinson is predicting a perfect start for Frank Lampard at Derby. Here are his selections:
The Acca pays approximately 7/1
Goals to call the tune with Limerick involved
Bet 1: Back BTTS in Bohemians v Limerick @ 1/1 - KO 19:45 BST
These two Irish clubs are fighting to stay in the top flight, as while Bray are likely to finish bottom, second from the bottom still has to have a relegation play-off.
Limerick are currently in that position, but they are only two points behind Sligo and a further two adrift of their opponents this evening. They picked up a massive victory last time out against Waterford, and they should be full of confidence here.
The hosts were beaten at leaders, Dundalk, when they were last in action, but that can easily be forgiven and prior to that they thumped Bray 6-0. This selection has only landed in two of their last five at home, but the visitors have seen four of their last six on the road finish with goals at both ends.
Irish high-flyers to produce goals
Bet 2: Back BTTS in Waterford v Cork City @ 5/6 - KO 20:00 BST
We stay in the Irish Premier Division for a match between third and second, where I am again hopeful of goals for both teams.
There may only be one place between these sides, but the points difference is 19. Waterford are the team in third and they have also lost their two latest outings - it's not three without a win for them.
Cork are back in form following European distractions, as they have beaten Derry and Bray, to keep the pressure on Dundalk at the top.
This clash is all about goals for me though, and Cork come here on the back of scoring at least once in each of their last five away games in the league. The hosts did fire a blank when they were last in action in front of their own fans, but failing to score at home is usually a very rare occurance for them.
Lampard to get off to a royal start
Bet 3: Back Derby @ 6/5 - KO 20:00 BST
Reading only narrowly survived last season as they finished with just three wins in the calendar year of 2018. Paul Clement was in charge from the end of March and he didn't exactly improve matters. I am also of the opinion that he is a poor manager who has failed at every club he's been the number one at.
Even worse for The Royals is that they haven't done much at all in the transfer window and they didn't win a single one of their six friendlies. Yes, they have home advantage here, but if I were a Reading fan, I wouldn't be very optimistic heading into the new campaign.
Derby have taken a punt on Frank Lampard as their new manager and while we all know that top players don't necessarily make top managers, his presence alone should give some of the players a boost.
The former Chelsea man has made a number of attacking signings and his intention appears to be to get on the front foot - a tactic that could prove successful in the Championship.
I expect The Rams to make a winning start at the Madjeski this evening, and fellow Betting.Betfair previewer, Mark O'Haire agrees with me.
2018/19 P/L (1pt each bet)
The Acca pays approximately 7/1
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