Southampton vs Derby County
English FA Cup
Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton).
Ralph Hasenhuttl managed to make an impact for Southampton who escaped the danger area after a super important 1-2 victory over Leicester City on Saturday away at King Power. It was a superb defensive effort from the Saints who went 0-2 up by the half time through goals from James Ward-Prowse and Shane Long. The Foxes dominated the pitch, but they could only pull one back before the hour-mark when Wilfried Ndidi found the way past Alex McCarthy.
The Saints are now unbeaten in three consecutive games in all competitions, a streak which began with a goalless draw to Chelsea away at Stamford Bridge. Can the new head coach back up the mentioned divisional success by extending Southampton’s FA Cup run with a victory over Championship side Derby County on Wednesday night at St,. Mary’s Stadium?
Southampton vs Derby County: Head-to-head
The first leg played at Pride Park Stadium saw Derby County coming back from being two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw.
It was the first head to head game between these two likes in six years.
Derby have a positive head to head record historically with 20 wins, 17 draws and only 9 defeats against Southampton.
Southampton vs Derby County: Prediction
The visitors will enter the tie with last term semi-finalist low on confidence. They did little to hurt leaders Leeds United in the derby of the Matchday on Friday evening. A 2-0 loss at Elland Road saw the Rams drop down to 5th in the league ladder. Frank Lampard, a four-time FA Cup winner with Chelsea, will thus have a mountain to climb to save the top-six position in the Championship by the end of the regular season.
The promotional push is definitely the number one goal for the Rams which is why we doubt a potential failure at St. Mary’s Stadium would hurt them too much. Southampton look to have found a winning formula under Hasenhuttl and we find them as favourites to get away from this tie as winners.
Southampton vs Derby County: Bet Tips
Southampton to win @ 1.70 (7/10)
Southampton Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 1.72 (8/11).