Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Manchester United kick off their EFL Cup campaign with a match against Derby County at their Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho is likely to use this match to test as many players as possible, but the Red Devils are still as favourites to win Tuesday’s football game. Over the years Manchester United have turned their Old Trafford into a real fortress and regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting XI, home win should be considered. The Rams, on the other hand, did well to beat Brentford 3-1 in their last league fixture, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the EFL Cup clash against Man Utd. The Premier League giants do not suit Derby County and, taking everything into account, we believe that home win should be considered. When the two teams met in the FA Cup last term Man Utd recorded a 2-0 win over Derby.
Highlighted Player (Eric Bailly):
Eric Bailly started his youth career at Espanyol and he made five league appearances for the first team as well. In 2015 he joined fellow La Liga side Villarreal and after playing 35 league games for the Camp El Madrigal outfit, the Ivory Coast defenders signed a four-year contract with Manchester United.
Eric Bailly is well known for his speed and he is very strong physically. He plays as a centre back, but he is capable of playing as a full back if needed as well. Bailly made his Ivory Coast debut on 11 January, 2015 in a friendly game against Nigeria. The 187-cm-tall defender represented the Elephants at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and, no doubt, he helped the team win the prestigious trophy at the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.
Eric Bailly participated in the 2016 Community Shield final and it has to be noted that Manchester United defeated Leicester City 2-1 in the Wembley Stadium clash.
Highlighted Team (Derby County):
Derby County is one of the 12 founder members of the Football League. However, nowadays the Rams compete in the Championship and they play their home matches at Pride Park Stadium. Derby County have won the two trophies in the English top flight (1971/1972, 1974/1975), with the team lifting the FA Cup trophy just after the World War II (1946).
Derby’s main rivals are Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Leeds United, but the rivalry between Forest and Derby is regarded as the biggest one.
The two teams take on each other in the East Midlands derby. The colour of Derby’s shirts is white, whilst their shorts are black. It has to be noted that the club was founded in 1884 by William Morley. The Rams competed in the European competitions four times, but they did not record a notable result in the European Cups. The club’s chairman is Mel Morris.