Southampton and Derby meet in their FA Cup third-round replay tonight and the home side’s form suggests they can progress.
The pair played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Pride Park earlier in the month and have a habit of producing goals at both ends.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s selection in that game suggests he will pick a strong line up for this one and the Austrian may feel he needs to in order to maintain his side’s momentum.
Saturday’s 2-1 win over Leicester gave Southampton some breathing room in the Premier League and they will face a Derby team on the rebound after Friday’s dismal 2-0 defeat at Leeds.
That was only the second time in 11 games the Rams have failed to score and, while Frank Lampard’s men can produce a performance, I think the home side should have enough.
Two ‘Invincibles’ meet at the Stade Louis II as Thierry Henry’s Monaco take on Patrick Vieira’s Nice in a game that was rescheduled due to the ‘Gilet Jaune’ protests.
Both coaches are still finding their feet in Ligue 1 and have been beset by injuries and suspensions throughout their reigns.
Henry has brought in some new faces in the current window but the likes of Naldo and Cesc Fabregas are ineligible as they were not at the club when the original tie was postponed.
Both were excellent in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Marseille and, for me, their absence gives Nice an edge going into what is likely to be a cagey affair.
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