Brighton v Derby FA Cup betting preview and tips
Brighton have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a big run in the FA Cup, with the Seagulls finding themselves in the last sixteen of the competition and facing Championship opposition for a spot in the quarter finals.
Chris Hughton would love to enjoy lifting this piece of silverware with the seaside club, although remaining in the Premier League is the main priority and Saturday’s 3-1 reverse at home to Burnley means that they are looking over their shoulder.
It also indicates that Brighton are not in the greatest form at the moment, with Albion having only won five of their home matches this season and failing to win the remaining eight games at the AMEX Stadium.
Indeed, it’s been seven games without a victory if you don’t include that extra-time win at West Brom in the previous round of the FA Cup and that only came after a goalless draw at home to the Baggies.
As for Derby, they will feel as though further progress can be made in this competition and the Rams have very much been up for the cup this season, with Manchester United and Southampton beaten already this season.
Frank Lampard’s side also served it up to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and clearly enjoy playing the role of underdogs in these sort of matches, with Derby recovering from a slow start at St Mary’s to land a 2-2 draw and eventually going through on penalties.
Lampard is unashamedly a fan of the FA Cup and we should expect a strong County team to be fielded despite the possibility of a fixture backlog as the Rams hunt down a promotion spot to the Premier League.
There are match winners in the visitors’ team including the free-kick specialist Harry Wilson and we’re happy enough to back Derby on the Asian Handicap at odds-against which means a profit if the visitors simply avoid defeat at the AMEX.
Derby +0.5 @ 2.10 with bet365