The third round of the FA Cup continues today and I fancy Derby to do the business against Southampton.
Frank Lampard has made a decent fist of life as a manager and saw his side beat Manchester United on penalties in the EFL Cup, before going down to old club Chelsea in a 3-2 thriller.
A tidy run of one defeat in seven has helped them climb into the Championship play-off spots and a run in the FA Cup could help maintain their momentum.
Lampard is sure to rotate but not as much as opposite number Ralph Hasenhuttl, who has made heaps of changes since being appointed by the Saints last month.
The Austrian’s primary goal for the season is to stay in the Premier League and with this competition likely to be deemed an inconvenient distraction, it could be Derby’s game for the taking.
There are easy comparisons to draw from the game at Ashton Gate where Bristol City welcome Huddersfield.
The Robins are going along nicely, currently unbeaten in eight and go into today’s match on the back of wins over Rotherham and Stoke.
Lee Johnson’s side also have cup pedigree having reached the semi-finals of last season’s EFL Cup, beating Manchester United along the way, and welcome a team rock bottom of the Premier League and fresh off an eight-game losing streak.
Much like Hasenhuttl, Johnson’s opposite number David Wagner is unlikely to prioritise an FA Cup run and, with home advantage, City can shine in BS3.
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