Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
A place in the FA Cup round 4 will be at stake when Southampton and Derby County face each other in the replay at St. Mary’s Stadium. The Saints have been struggling in the Premier League this term, but they gave fans some cheer at the weekend as they defeated Leicester City on the road. The triumph over the Foxes gave Southampton footballers a confidence boost and we predict that they are going to build on the victory when they face Derby County in Wednesday’s football match. The Rams, on the other hand, aim to return to the Premier League and seeing that they are fully focused on the Championship, we are tempted to put our money on the Premier League side. You should bear in mind that Southampton crushed Derby County 4-0 in their last meeting at St. Mary’s Stadium back in 2012.
Highlighted Player (Steven Davis):
Born in Ballymena on 1 January 1985, Steven Davis is probably the most famous Northern Irish footballer of the 21st century, and he was one of team’s youngest ever captains, having been awarded the armband just over a year after making his debut for the national team.
The combative midfielder has spent his entire career up to date in the UK, enjoying successful spells with Aston Villa, Fulham, Rangers and Southampton, while representing the country of his birth at various youth levels before getting a chance to shine at the biggest stage.
Davis soon established himself as a leader of the Northern Ireland football team, missing just a handful of competitive fixtures since making his debut in 2005. The central midfielder scored 2 goals to help the national team finally secure their place at a major tournament, with an impressive Euro 2016 qualifying campaign likely to remain fresh in the minds of both the players and fans alike in years to come.
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.