Can Derby Beat Manchester United In The FA Cup For The Very First Time?
Tonight’s ties in the third round of the FA Cup feature one derby with a small d and one Derby with a big D. Regardless of the size of the initial both outcomes should be home wins. Liverpool are fancied to beat Everton at Anfield in a Merseyside derby while Manchester United look too strong for Derby County at Old Trafford. The double on the two home teams to win in 90 minutes pays 4/5 with William Hill.
However, team selection can be key to the outcome of the ties and if the home managers play weakened sides both visitors could progress to the fourth round. Derby are riding high in the Championship but no team from outside the Premier League has won the Cup since the top division in English football was rebranded in 1992. You can back them at 750/1 with Skybet to win the FA Cup this season.
In the semi-finals in 1976 United beat Derby 2-0 but then lost in the final to Southampton whose number 8 that day was called Mick Channon who now trains race horses. Gerry Daly was the only non-British player in both starting 11’s and he was from the Republic of Ireland. Since then United have won three FA Cup ties at Derby and it’s 9/2 with Ladbrokes for the same score in tonight’s match.
Ex-Liverpool player Phil Thompson said that he hoped Liverpool would have a good run in the Cup this season. Evertonians would be happy with just reaching the fourth round because that would mean they had got rid of Liverpool. The sides last met in the Cup in 2014 when Liverpool prevailed by two goals to one. That outcome tonight is 7/1 with Betfair. Everton have not won any of the last 14 meetings.
For the second day running there are three All Weather racing fixtures and one meeting on turf. The action on grass is at Wetherby but not one of the six races is worth £10,000 to the winner. At this time of the year most of the racing is betting office fodder but never mind the quality feel the width…whatever that means. Derby are trying to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup for the VERY FIRST TIME and a horse with that name is tipped to win the richest race at Wetherby today (1.50pm) at odds of 7/4 with Ladbrokes.
PLEASE NOTE: In 1896 and 1897 in the FA Cup Derby did beat Newton Heath, the team that became Manchester United!