Our prediction for this League 1 match:
All eyes will be on Abbey Stadium when Cambridge United and Derby County face each other in the League One round 12. The U’s aim to build on a 2-1 win over Morecambe, and a triumph over Derby should see them climb to the playoffs berth. Harvey Knibbs, who scored the winner at Morecambe, is pushing for a start, while Mamadou Jobe continues to miss out with injury.
The Rams, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 2-1 win over Wycombe, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to return to the Championship. A man to watch in the away team will be Conor Hourihane, who scored a brace in the last league match. The experienced midfielder represented Republic of Ireland in the Nations League win over Armenia, but he spend no more than 40 minutes on the pitch. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Derby are undefeated in the previous four meetings with Cambridge.
Highlighted Player (Liam O’Neil):
Born in Cambridge, England on July 31, 1993, Liam O’Neil is an English footballer who plays as both defender as midfielder for Cambridge United in the League Two. O’Neil is a product of the Cambridge United football school, but he played for Histon during his youth career as well.
In the summer of 2012 he joined WBA youth academy, and it has to be noted that he made three appearances for the Baggies at senior level in all competitions. Liam O’Neil played for the likes of VPS and Scunthorpe United on loan as well before joining Chesterfield in 2015.
After scoring two goals in 45 appearances for the club in the league, O’Neil moved to Cambridge United in the winter of 2017. As his mother comes from Wales, O’Neil is open to play for the Wales national team, but he has yet to earn a cap with the Dragons.
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.