Southampton v Derby FA Cup betting preview and tips

20:45 Wed 16 Jan
Football
England
FA Cup
Tip: Over 2.5 Goals
Units: 1/5
Odds: -118

Derby County came back from two goals down to force a replay with Southampton in the FA Cup third round and they might have squeaked a victory had Jack Marriott managed to convert a late chance after previously scoring for the Rams.

Nevertheless, County are still alive in the competition and now have a second bite of the cherry when they face a Saints team who might be more preoccupied with remaining in the Premier League rather than embarking on a cup run.

While Southampton are strong favourites to win this replay and progress to the fourth round, it remains to be seen what sort of team will be fielded by Ralph Hasenhuttl in this Wednesday night clash, with the Austrian making several changes for the original tie.

Derby are the outsiders although they have plenty of cup experience thanks to a fantastic run in the EFL Cup which saw the Midlands side knock out Manchester United at Old Trafford before running Chelsea close.

It’s clear that County have a never-say-die attitude under Frank Lampard and recently came back from 3-2 down to win 4-3 at Norwich, with the manager likely to send out a strong team for this clash in the hope that Derby can make some heady progress in the competition.

We’re expecting another open game full of chances and we’re therefore leaning towards three or more goals being scored, with the price looking fairly reasonable considering that Southampton have become more attack-minded under their new manager.

Neither side will want this clash to go to extra-time and penalties, with Derby also uninterested in keeping things tight considering they have so many bright attacking players in the side and that includes Harry Wilson and Tom Lawrence.

BETTING TIP
Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.85 with bet365