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Manchester United v Derby FA Cup Prediction & Betting Tips – 5th January 2018

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Manchester United v Derby FA Cup, 5th January 8.00pm

After their EFL Cup upset by Bristol City, the Red Devils could have an uncomfortable evening at home against Championship high fliers Derby County in the third round of the FA Cup on Friday night. The Rams are in some fantastic form at the moment and will be full of confidence at Old Trafford of claiming a major scalp. Can United deliver as odds-on favourites? The Red Devils are strong 2/7 odds-on favourites with the draw at 5/1 and derby are 11/1 underdogs.

Manchester United v Derby FA Cup Betting Tips

The Red Devils are running as one of the front runners to win the FA Cup this season but they get a tricky opener in the third round. Jose Mourinho’s men have been going through a little bit of a sticky patch of form recently with just a W1 D3 L1 record posted in their last five games across all competitions. They have only won one of their last four on home soil as well (D2 L1) which is pretty surprising, but overall they have a really strong home record this season of W12 D2 L1 and are justifiable favourites. They played out a 0-0 draw in the Premier League against Southampton in their most recent home game and that is the first time this season that they have failed to score on home soil. In the William Hill correct score market a Manchester United 2-0 option is the shortest price in the market at 9/2 with the 1-0 for them at 11/2. After all, they have collected ten clean sheets in their fifteen matches at Old Trafford this season although they have taken just two in their last five there. It could be worth considering them to win to nil.

The last time that these two were together was in the FA Cup was just back in January 2016. Manchester United ran out 3-1 winners at Pride Park on that occasion and they have met nine times before in the competitions with Manchester United at W7 D1 L2. The Red Devils are on a three-match winning streak against the Rams in all competitions now and they have won their last three in a row against the Rams at Old Trafford and they scored at least four goals in each of those contests as well. This game to go over 2.5 goals at William Hill is trading at 8/11 and in front of goal, Jesse Lingard has been having a really good time of things and is a 6/4 option while it is Marcus Rashford, who is just a little bit out of favour at the moment but may get his chance, is the 5/6 anytime goalscorer favourite.

Gary Rowett has the Rams going really well at the moment with a sequence of seven matches unbeaten at the moment (W5 D2). They have collected five clean sheets in that sequence as well and they are carrying some strong away form as well. They have remained unbeaten in their last nine away games and they have taken three clean sheets in their last three out on the road, conceding just the one goal in total in that sequence. They have not conceded more than one goal in any of their last nine road games. Another positive for the Championship side is that they have scored at least two goals in five of their last seven away games. If you fancy them getting on the scoresheet, both teams to score is a 5/4 poke. Top scorer for them this season by a country mile is Matej Vydra who is a 7/2 anytime goalscorer option for the fixture.

Who will win – Manchester United v Derby FA Cup Predictions

Manchester United may not have the most comfortable of evenings, but their quality and experience of getting the job done may justice prevail in this one. Will the Rams be fully focused on this with the lure of an automatic promotion place in the Championship this season on their minds?

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