Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
By beating the likes of Chippenham Town (3-0), Notts County (3-1), and Burton Albion (4-2) Northampton Town set up a meeting with Derby County in the 4th round of the FA Cup. The Cobblers do not want to stop now, but the Rams are likely to pose a much bigger threat for them than their previous rivals. Anyhow, we predict that the League Two side will stick to their attacking style of play in Friday’s clash at PTS Academy Stadium.
Derby have been struggling in the Championship ever since Frank Lampard left the club, but their current form is anything but poor. The Rams recorded three wins in the last four league fixtures, which is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to East Midlands. A win over Northampton Town will give Derby County yet another confidence boost; therefore; we are tempted to put our money on Phillip Cocu’s troops.
Highlighted Player (David Cornell):
Born in Waunarlwydd, Wales on March 28, 1991, David Cornell is a goalkeeper who plays for Northampton Town in the League Two. The 180-cm tall shot-stopper is a product of the Swansea City football school, but he did not make any appearances for the Swans at senior level.
Cornell played for the likes of Port Talbot Town, Hereford United, St. Mirren, and Portsmouth on loan before signing a permanent contract with Oldham Athletic in the 2015/2016 season. In the summer of 2016, he joined Northampton Town on a two-year deal.
Speaking of his international career, David Cornell has three caps with the Wales U21 team, but he has yet to earn a call-up for the senior team. The Northampton Town goalkeeper wears the number 1 jersey, and his preferred foot is right. He has a contract with the Cobblers until June 30, 2020.
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.