Kick-off: 1945, 16/01/2019
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
TV: BBC One
Southampton’s priority is to stay in the Premier League but they are still fancied to prove a cut above Championship outfit Derby in the FA Cup at St Mary’s Stadium.
County showed great heart to come from behind in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Pride Park, but Saints are expected to show their class in the replay on home turf.
We’re snapping up 3/2 for the hosts to lead at half-time and full-time for our initial Southampton vs Derby prediction.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Ralph Hasenhuttl knows his main job is to keep Southampton up, but he looks the type of manager to see FA Cup games as a chance to build further momentum.
The Austrian enjoyed a third win in six top-flight fixtures via a 2-1 triumph at Leicester on Saturday, with a draw at Chelsea also on his early credit list.
James Ward-Prowse got the ball rolling with a penalty at King Power Stadium and is clearly a fan of the highly-rated former RB Leipzig coach.
“The difference has been unbelievable,” said the midfielder. “We have a clear structure and a plan of what to do with and without the ball.
“You can see in the performances and games we’ve had, there’s an idea and a philosophy, and that’s grown.
“You can see the way this manager wants to play, it’s exciting for me as a player to be part of it.
“We’re on the front foot, looking to score quick goals on the counter attack and that’s the style we need to be playing.”
Saints have enjoyed plenty of success in knockout competitions over the past couple of seasons, reaching an EFL Cup final and the semis of this tournament.
Looking at the Southampton vs Derby odds, we also like 29/20 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game.
A Look At Derby County’s Betting Odds
Derby were outplayed for nearly an hour in the first encounter, trailing to a couple of Nathan Redmond strikes, before Jack Marriott and Tom Lawrence levelled things up.
Both sides had chances to claim victory, with Mohamed Elyounoussi heading straight at the keeper for Saints and Marriott blasting over on the break.
On that evidence, the Rams could well make their presence felt again on the south coast, especially as they did brilliantly well on the road in the EFL Cup.
In that competition, County won 4-0 at Hull, knocked Manchester United out on penalties following a 2-2 draw and only succumbed 3-2 at Chelsea.
However, we can’t get over how disappointing Derby were in a 2-0 Championship defeat at Leeds on Friday night.
A spying row dominated the after-match headlines, but that can’t hide how poor County were against the division leaders.
Let’s finish off our Southampton vs Derby betting tips by taking 12/5 for a home win and both teams to score, hoping that the visitors at least show more ambition going forward here.
Leicester 1-2 SOUTHAMPTON – James Ward-Prowse (pen), Shane Long
Leeds 2-0 DERBY
Head-to-head: Derby 2-2 Southampton
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