Derby Have The Squad To Progress To The FA Cup Fourth Round
The main priority for Derby is staying in the Championship playoff places while Southampton’s main focus is maintaining their Premier League status. The importance of the FA Cup to their respective managers could influence thinking and team selection for tonight’s third round replay at Southampton. That could be key to identifying the betting value in tonight’s televised match.
Frank Lampard won the FA Cup as a player with Chelsea under Jose Mourinho who understood the importance of lifting trophies. Ralph Hasenhuttl has no pedigree in the oldest Cup competition in the world. If DERBY progress to the fourth round they will be shorter than the current price of 100/1 with Ladbrokes to win the FA Cup this season. The winners of the tie are away to Accrington in the next round.
Southampton are the home side for tonight’s tie. They have won just one of their last 11 matches at home which is relegation form but the FA Cup could be a different kettle of fish. However, the current best starting 11 is weakened by injuries and even though Derby are a level below the visitors have more depth in their squad. Lampard out of respect for the competition won’t play the second string.
The Southampton boss is more likely to prioritise league issues than Lampard whose players have had an extra day’s rest and are fitter throughout the squad. Southampton’s absentees include three players who usually play up front. DERBY are more equipped managerially and in squad strength to handle the fixture and prosper so are tipped to qualify for the fourth round at 5/2 with Paddy Power.
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