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Manchester United vs Derby County
English FA Cup
Date: Friday, 5 January 2018
Kick-Off: 20:00 UK
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester).

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Manchester United vs Derby County: Preview and Predictions

Manchester United finally managed top end the run of four consecutive games without a win on the opening day of 2018 when they got away with three points from Goodison beating Everton 0-2 on Monday. Jose Mourinho’s side has been recently eliminated from League Cup when they suffered a shocking 2-1 loss to Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

They are now to take on another in-form Championship outfit in the third round of the FA Cup this Friday when they host Derby County at Old Trafford. The bookies see the Red Devils as massive favourites, but Mourinho’s men will have to be super careful if they want to avoid any unpleasant situations given Derby’s recent spell of form.

The Rams climbed up to the second place in the Championship standings after winning five and drawing two of last seven matches. They did, however, drop the ball playing only a 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at iPro Stadium on Monday, but it should not affect the overall confidence ahead of the trip to Manchester.

Gary Rowett’s men have been very tough to break down lately and it will be interesting to see how they’ll react to the attacking line of one of English heavyweights this Friday. The man they’ll have to pay special attention to is Jesse Lingard who has bagged three goals in last three appearances for the Red Devils, including a screamer in the mentioned win at Goodison.

Manchester United vs Derby County: Predictions

Man Utd’s form has been anything but consistent throughout the season and we just don’t see the value in backing them to clinch the spoils at the 1.22 odds here.

Derby are undefeated in last seven ties in the Championship, they’ve been stern at the back recently, and we’ll go with them not to lose by two or more at the odds of 2.05.

Manchester United vs Derby County: Bet Tips

• Derby +1.5 handicap 2.05
• Under 2.5 goals FT 2.05

Manchester United vs Derby County: Head-to-head

The two sides have met each other in the early stages f the FA Cup two years ago when the Red Devils picked up a 1-3 victory at iPro Stadium.

It’s been eight years since the two teams last met in the Premier League and back then Man Utd earned a domestic double over the Rams (5-1 in two matches).

Overall, the Red Devils lead the head to head tie by 15 wins ahead of 85th encounter with Derby County.

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