Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Crystal Palace and Derby County face each other at Selhurst Park in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Sunday’s program. The Eagles have been having their ups and downs in the Premier League this season, with the team sitting in the middle of the standings ahead of the New Year. The capital club have slim chances of winning the national championship, meaning that they are likely to leave their hearts on the field in their FA Cup opener against Derby County.
A man to watch in the home team will be Ghana international Jordan Ayew, who has found his goal-scoring touch of late. The Rams, on the other hand, are having a season to forget. Derby County are not regarded as good travellers, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Palace’s party at Selhurst Park.
Highlighted Player (Christian Benteke):
Christian Benteke, born on 3th of December 1990 is a Belgian football player with roots from Congo. Benteke started his career at KRC Genk and after playing for Standard Liege, KV Mechelen, KV Kortrijk and Aston Villa the striker got transferred to Liverpool. Benteke is 191cm and is known for being a very strong goal scoring striker. In May 2010 Benteke made his debut for the Belgian national team.
Christian Benteke didn’t win any mayor prices yet. In the season 2008/2009 he won the national league of Belgium. Benteke is signed by Nike and got transferred to Liverpool for 46 million euro which makes him the second most expensive football player from Belgium. Benteke’s nickname is The Beast or Bentegoal.
Highlighted Team (Derby):
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.