Southampton vs Derby: It’s Premier League relegation battlers against Championship promotion hopefuls in tonight’s FA Cup fourth round replay at St Mary’s.
Southampton vs Derby match preview
Southampton have looked far more impressive since the arrival of Ralph Hasenhuttl, who has lifted Saints out of the relegation zone to 16th in the table. They may have only won one of their last five – a 2-1 victory over Leicester last time out – but they did play Chelsea and Manchester City in that time.
A cup run is likely to be at the bottom of Hasenhuttl’s priority list, but a home win in the FA Cup would do wonders for Saints’ momentum as they look to leave the bottom three behind them.
Derby have league targets to keep an eye on as well as they look to remain in the play-off spots come the end of the season. But Rams boss Frank Lampard has shown both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup the upmost respect so far this season.
Their Carabao Cup run saw them thrash Hull 4-0, beat Manchester United at Old Trafford and gave Chelsea a run for their money in a narrow 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge.
So I don’t think you can write Lampard’s side off just yet.
Southampton vs Derby team news
Southampton will be without Charlie Austin, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Yan Valery through suspension, while Ryan Bertrand, Danny Ings and Michael Obafemi remain on the treatment table.
Mario Lemina is considered a doubt for the hosts, while Maya Yoshida is away on international duty with Japan at the Asia Cup.
Lampard will have star winger Harry Wilson back in contention after the Liverpool loanee missed their last two outings with a hip injury.
However, the visitors travel to the south coast without long-term absentees Curtis Davies, Craig Forsyth and Marcus Olsson.
Southampton vs Derby form
Last six competitive fixtures
Southampton vs Derby head-to-head
Southampton are without a win against Derby in their last five FA Cup meetings including replays.
But Saints are unbeaten in six across all competitions (W3 S3) after the Rams beat them 2-1 in the first leg of their 2006/07 Championship play-off semi-final.
Southampton vs Derby betting prediction
With Hasenhuttl expected to make a host of changes to concentrate on their relegation scrap, I can see the Lampard’s visitors causing somewhat of an upset at St Mary’s. Derby double chance can be backed at 21/20 with Novibet.
Or if you’re feeling brave, Derby are at 15/4 for the straight win.