The waiting is almost over. The Championship season is finally upon us...
Reading vs Derby County
Friday 3rd August
Sky Bet Championship
All the talk of pre-season and getting prepared for the new campaign can now finish. On Friday at 8pm in RG2, the first competitive ball of the EFL season will be kicked - and it all starts to matter again.
With six weeks of training and friendlies under their belts, the Royals will now face Derby County for the first available points of the season.
For opposing manager Frank Lampard, it will be his first ever competitive match in charge of the club he took over in the summer.
He will be against a familiar face in Paul Clement, with the Reading manager having coached him while the pair were at Chelsea.
The last three matches between the teams have produced 17 goals between them (nine for Reading, eight for Derby) - and the Sky Sports cameras will be in town as the new Championship season gets underway.
There's a good chance several of our new signings will be making competitive debuts for the Royals, including latest signing Sam Baldock - who hopes to be involved after arriving from Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday.
Clement confirmed that John O'Shea, Anssi Jaakkola, Chris Gunter and Dave Edwards are all injury absentees for Friday's game, with Tyler Blackett serving a suspension carried over from last season.
With all the pre-season excitement boiling down into what really matters on Friday night, make sure you're here to back the boys and make some noise in the 2018-19 season!
Tickets are available on the day at the Madejski Stadium, and Season Ticket holders can take advantage of Midweek Mates Rates to bring a friend along!
For all ticketing enquiries, follow the link to our Ticket Office page or contact the Ticket Office by phone on 0118 968 1313.
For full pricing information and seating arrangements for this fixture, click the button below.
All of our usual travel options are available for this match, with Park & Ride, matchday bus services and stadium parking all available.
To see a full list of travel options, click here.
Please note, there have been a number of changes to Stagecoach bus timetables for the upcoming season, click here to see the updated timetable which will be in use for Friday's game.
There have been several Price Boosts on the odds for Friday's game, including Jón Daði Böðvarsson to score first and the Royals to win priced at 13/2 - boosted from 9/2.
Also, Mo Barrow to be the first goalscorer has been boosted to 9/1.
Follow it Live!
If you can't make it to Madejski Stadium on Friday night, we've got you covered!
- Keep up with minute-by-minute action through our live Match Centre, available on the club website prior to kick-off.
- iFollow will also have audio coverage available to UK and international subscribers - Please note that iFollow will not have video coverage of this match, as it is being broadcast live on Sky Sports.
We wish to politely remind supporters that the football club is responsible for their conduct at all matches (home or away) and any person committing a football-related offence or involved in serious misconduct at any match will result in a club ban. Examples of serious misconduct include discriminatory, offensive or abusive chanting, entering the pitch, persistent standing and throwing a missile. Supporters witnessing any incidents of serious misconduct are encouraged to report this to the football club by texting 80800, beginning your message with the word SAFE.