Hopes For Cup Run Could Be Hindered By Growing Injury List

With the points tally in the Premier League one of the best the club has achieved since being back in the division, many had hoped that we would take the cup seriously again this season. However, with a growing injury list and players playing with knocks, this third round tie will be handed to fringe and academy players to make an impression.

DATE

5th January 2020

KICK OFF

2.01pm

FA Cup third round ties will be delayed by one minute to encourage fans to ‘Take A Minute’ to think about looking after their mental health, as part of the Heads Up campaign. It is hoped the initiative will raise awareness of the importance of looking after our mental health, with 60 seconds representing just the first step in the journey to improved wellbeing. During the minute, fans will be encouraged to consider the positive impact 60 seconds can have on their own wellbeing or in supporting a friend or family member. Heads Up is partnering with Public Health England’s ‘Every Mind Matters’ across the Emirates FA Cup third round to draw attention to the simple steps we can all take to look after our mental health and wellbeing.

VENUE

Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

The last time these two were drawn together in a cup competition was in the third round of the FA Cup in January 2012. The Eagles made the trip to Derby but made an early exit thanks to a early goal from Theo Robinson for the hosts. Not one of the team that played in that match are still at the club.

OFFICIALS

REFEREE – Michael Oliver

ASSISTANTS – Simon Bennett, Sam Lewis, Antony Coggins (fourth official)

VAR – David Coote, Constantine Hatzidakis (assistant)

INJURIES

PALACE – Andros Townsend, Jeffrey Schlupp, Gary Cahill, Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Christian Benteke, Patrick van Aanholt, Mamadou Sakho

DERBY – Tom Huddlestone, Ikechi Anya, Graeme Shinnie, Mason Bennett, George Evans

SUSPENSIONS

Krystian Bielik

DISCIPLINE

Red cards – Mamadou Sakho (1), Krystian Bielik (1), Scott Malone (1)

Yellow cards (3+) – Tom Lawrence (10), Luka Milivojevic (8), Duane Holmes (6), Scott Malone (4), James McCarthy (3), Jordan Ayew (3), Wilfried Zaha (3), James McArthur (3), Graeme Shinnie (3), Jayden Bogle (3), Krystian Bielik (3)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 01/03/2013 Derby County 0-1 Crystal Palace
  • 17/11/2012 Crystal Palace 3-0 Derby County
  • 24/03/2012 Derby County 3-2 Crystal Palace
  • 07/01/2012 Derby County 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • 02/12/2011 Crystal Palace 1-1 Derby County

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 01/01/2020 Norwich City 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • 28/12/2019 Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • 26/12/2019 Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham United
  • 21/12/2019 Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • 16/12/2019 Crystal Palace 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Last FIVE results for Derby;

  • 02/01/2020 Derby County 2-1 Barnsley
  • 30/12/2019 Derby County 2-1 Charlton Athletic
  • 26/12/2019 Wigan Athletic 1-1 Derby County
  • 21/12/2019 Reading 3-0 Derby County
  • 14/12/2019 Derby County 0-1 Millwall

RECORD AGAINST DERBY

  • Played 67
  • Won 20
  • Drawn 17
  • Lost 30

FORM PLAYERS

Top two rated players from each team so far this season according to Who Scored;

  • Graeme Shinnie 7.19
  • Wilfried Zaha 7.18
  • Curtis Davies 7.10
  • Jordan Ayew 6.96

ONE TO WATCH

DUANE HOLMES

Former clubs – Huddersfield Town, Yeovil Town (loan), Bury (loan), Scunthorpe United

Born in Columbus, Georgia the midfielder began his career in the youth set up at Huddersfield. He broke through to the first team in 2012 after a couple of loan spells before moving to Scunthorpe in 2016. After a little under 80 appearances, he signed for Derby in 2018. Holmes made his full international debut for the USA against Jamaica in June and has two caps to his name to date.

KEY CLASH

CONNOR WICKHAM v CURTIS DAVIES

If both start the game of course, this could be an intriguing match up and it will be interesting to see how the Palace striker will look with the confidence of hitting the back of the net against Norwich on Wednesday. It will be a battle though against the experienced Derby centre back but one that is likely to be one of the main areas where the cup tie is won or lost.

PRE-GAME STATS

  • Palace are unbeaten in the last eight home matches in all competitions against Derby
  • Tops scorers – Martyn Waghorn (8), Tom Lawrence (5), Jordan Ayew (5)
  • Top assists – Chris Martin (3), Jayden Bogle (3), James McArthur (2), Wilfried Zaha (2)
  • Top aerials won – Curtis Davies (6.2), Christian Benteke (4.4)

PREDICTION

It is so difficult to predict cup ties these days as it is hard to know how teams are going to treat the competitions. What we do know from a Palace perspective that a mixture of youth and fringe players will be selected in view of the growing injury list and there will certainly be no-one risked with knocks. The disappointment is such that after a good start to season it was hoped that we could make a real go of the FA Cup. It does remain to be seen how Derby boss Cocu approaches the game but we expect a Palace side with plenty of energy and commitment.

Final score: 2-1 Palace

OPPOSITION VIEW

We had a chat with Owen Bradley from RamsTV to find out about the season so far for Derby, thoughts on the cup tie and much more.

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 4/6
  • Draw – 12/5
  • Away – 4/1
  • Both teams to score – 11/4
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