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FIXTURES: Reading FC welcome Frank Lampard’s Derby on opening night

Mo Barrow races through to score
Mo Barrow earned a point for Reading

Reading will play host to Frank Lampard’s first game as Derby County boss on the opening day of the 2018/19 Championship campaign.

The Rams will head down to Madejski Stadium for the opening game of the football league season with the game live on Sky Sports on Friday, August 3 (8pm).

Paul Clement’s men will then head to Nottingham Forest the following weekend before hosting Bolton Wanderers.

A midweek trip to Blackburn Rovers follows before travelling to Villa Park to round off August.

Paul Clement will face his former club on day one

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It is a busy festive fixture list again with four games in 10 days, starting with Middlesbrough on December 22 before trips to Millwall (Boxing Day) and QPR (Dec 29) before welcoming Swansea City on New Year’s Day.

The run-in ends at home against Birmingham City on May 5 with games at Ashton Gate and Middlesbrough just before as well as a home clash with West Bromwich Albion over Easter.

Full Reading FC fixture list (3pm kick-off unless stated):

August:

Fri 3: Derby County (h) (8pm)
Sat 11: Nottingham Forest (a)
Tue 14: Birmingham City (h) (Carabao Cup, 8pm)
Sat 18: Bolton Wanderers (h)
Wed 22: Blackburn Rovers (a) (7.45pm)
Sat 25: Aston Villa (a)

September:

Sat 1: Sheffield Wednesday (h)
Sat 15: Preston North End (a)
Wed 19: Norwich City (h) (8pm)
Sat 22: Hull City (h)
Sat 29: Brentford (a)

October:

Tue 2: Queens Park Rangers (h) (8pm)
Sat 6: West Bromwich Albion (a)
Sat 20: Millwall (h)
Wed 24: Birmingham City (a) (7.45pm)
Sat 27: Swansea City (a)

November:

Sat 3: Bristol City (h)
Sat 10: Ipswich Town (h)
Sat 24: Wigan Athletic (a)
Tue 27: Leeds United (a) (7.45pm)

December:

Sat 1: Stoke City (h)
Sat 8: Sheffield United (h)
Sat 15: Rotherham United (a)
Sat 22: Middlesbrough (h)
Wed 26: Millwall (a)
Sat 29: Queens Park Rangers (a)

January:

Tue 1: Swansea City (h)
Sat 12: Nottingham Forest (h)
Sat 19: Derby County (a)
Sat 26: Bolton Wanderers (a)

February:

Sat 2: Aston Villa (h)
Sat 9: Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Wed 13: Blackburn Rovers (h) (8pm)
Sat 16: Sheffield United (a)
Sat 23: Rotherham United (h)

March:

Sat 2: Ipswich Town (a)
Sat 9: Wigan Athletic (h)
Tue 12: Leeds United (h) (8pm)
Sat 16: Stoke City (a)
Sat 30: Preston North End (h)

April:

Sat 6: Hull City (a)
Tue 9: Norwich City (a) (7.45pm)
Sat 13: Brentford (h)
Fri 19: Bristol City (a)
Mon 22: West Bromwich Albion (h)
Sat 27: Middlesbrough (a)

May:

Sun 5: Birmingham City (h) (12.30pm)

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