Accrington v Derby Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 22, 2019
Crown Ground - FA Cup
Frank Lampard's Derby look to take the next step in their FA Cup run, travelling to League One side Accrington on Saturday. Stanley are in poor form at the moment, without a win since they progressed in the FA Cup in early January, beating Championship strugglers Ipswich .
The two sides haven't met since 1955 in the then-Division Three (North), with the match playing out to a 2-2 draw.
Accrington boss John Coleman has been active in the January transfer window, with loans for Newcaslte's Liam Gibson, Middlesborough's Luke Armstrong and former Stanley defender Janoi Donacien. All should be available to start on Saturday, with the latter only leaving Crown Ground three weeks ago.
The Rams have been far less busy this winter, although rumours of Ashley Cole joining the club will have piqued fans' interest. The former Chelsea and Arsenal star may be 38 but will add experience, not to mention a winning mentality to a relatively young side.
Accrington v Derby Preview and Predictions
Derby County may have stolen the headlines in the last round of the FA Cup by beating Premier League opponents Southampton, but Accrington pulled off a 'cupset' of their own through Billy Kee's winner against Ipswich. On Saturday, the two winners face off, with both keen to extend their run in England's biggest knock-out competition.
The Rams come in to the game undoubtedly favourites, and resurrected their push for promotion with a win over Reading last weekend. The Royals may be in the relegation zone, but put the home side under pressure for much of the second half, although Sone Aluko's goal at 2-0 down failed to inspire a come-back.
However, prior to Saturday's game, Lampard's men hadn’t won a game in 90 minutes for four games, and were showing signs of a burn out. Midfielder Mason Mount has yet to miss a game with Richard Keogh and Fikayo Tomori featuring similarly heavily. With the club keen to make the play-offs this year, the former Chelsea manager may have to think about rotations on Saturday.
For Coleman, the situation is less precarious. In 14th place in League one, Stanley are seven points clear of the relegation zone and nowhere near the play-off sports. As a result, fans will be keen to see their side go as far as possible in the FA Cup, with increased revenue sure to help the club over the summer.
Having reinforced both defensively and up top, Accrington will be happy to go into the game at full strength, and despite being underdogs will have a good go at Derby.
Harry Wilson to score anytime at 6/1
The English midfielder is in fine form, with three goals and two assists over his last three games.
Derby to win and both teams to score at 11/4
The away side may be favourites but haven't kept a clean sheet since a scoreless draw with Derby in mid-January.