There’s a Midlands derby in the fourth round of the FA Cup as Championship promotion-chasers Derby County host relegation-threatened Leicester City at the iPro Stadium on Friday evening.
With the hosts so strong on their own backyard while Leicester have been woeful on the road this season, there could be an upset on the cards.
Derby will be fired up to get one over their Midlands rivals for the television cameras and could have some joy given Leicester are expected to name a weakened side with Premier League duties to come just days later.
Derby doesn’t have the best head-to-head record with Leicester City, but they have a real chance of getting a result given the contrasting form between the two sides.
Home side Derby County have been a formidable outfit at the iPro Stadium this season, boasting seven wins from their last nine games. They are one place outside the playoffs in the Championship table this season and are coming immediately off the back of a win ahead of their visit of Leicester City.
Manager Steve McClaren has made the Rams defensive solid at the iPro and given City’s woes in front of goal this season, Friday’s FA Cup clash could be settled by the odd goal.
Derby County have already dispatched of a Premier League side in the competition, beating West Bromwich Albion in the third round, and won’t be fazed coming up against the Premier League defending champions this week.
Visitors Leicester City coming into their FA Cup meeting in poor form, having suffered a heavy defeat in their last away game. The Foxes have picked up just two wins on the road all season in all competitions, keeping just three clean sheets from 15 away games.
Leicester have been terrible travellers and their form will give Derby hope of getting a result. City have lost their last two games, conceding six goals without reply. They have scored just three goals in their previous six games in all competitions, and have managed just two wins in the previous seven weeks.
Leicester have the better squad of players, but there’s a clear discord in the dressing room. And with fringe players expected to come in to allow the regulars a rest for Tuesday’s Premier League clash, Leicester could be disjointed.
With Derby County boasting eight clean sheets from their last nine home games, while Leicester City have averaged 0.5 goals in their previous six, 188 Bet are giving odds of 13/17 for Total Goals Under 2.5.
Derby haven’t lost at home since September, while Leicester have managed only three away wins in domestic competitions since October, Betfair are giving odds of 7/4 for Derby to win against Leicester in 90 minutes.
Derby’s Tom Ince is coming off the back of nine goals in his last 13 appearances against a Leicester defence that has conceded 16 goals in all competitions since November.
Bet 365 are giving odds of 9/4 for Ince to score anytime on Friday. Derby County will be backed by many to win this week which brings its own pressure. But in front of their home crowd, they are sure to deliver a performance.