By News Team
5th March 2020
Derby welcome Manchester United to Pride Park on Thursday night in the final tie in this season’s FA Cup fifth round as Wayne Rooney prepares to face his former side.
Ahead of the clash, we preview the key bets to keep an eye on.
Rooney 4/1 to get his moment
Rooney revealed earlier this week that he would celebrate if he found the net against United in Thursday night’s clash.
The former Red Devil, who netted 208 Premier League goals in his career before slipping down to the Championship via a stint in Major League Soccer, has already scored in the FA Cup this season.
He scored from the penalty spot when beating Northampton Town last month and he is 4/1 to score anytime in the 90 minutes, enhanced from 3/1, as the Rams look to cause a shock.
Omens not good for Derby
Derby do have experience of getting the better of their opponents, though, with a penalty shootout win coming in last season’s Carabao Cup, with Phil Jones missing the vital kick at Old Trafford.
However, United are a far tougher beast to break down in the FA Cup, beating Derby in each of their previous head-to-head games in the competition, including in the third round in 2018.
In fact, the last time Derby managed to beat United in this competition was all the way back in 1896-97, so it’s no surprise to see Rooney and Co. priced up at 24/5 to win the game inside 90 minutes.
They have also failed to reach the quarter-finals since 1998-99, while the Red Devils have progressed from each of their past ten FA Cup fifth-round matches, so United are understandably short at 4/7.
Leeds, thanks to Jermaine Beckford’s winning goal at Old Trafford in 2010, are the only lower division side to ever beat United in the competition, who have progressed from 45 of their 46 ties.
United won’t have it all their own way
Things won’t be easy for United, though, with Pride Park proving to be somewhat of a fortress for the Rams this season, having suffered defeat in the Championship, where they sit 13th, just once in 17 attempts.
Those looking for a bit of value could do worse than take advantage of William Hill’s #YourOdds, with Rooney over one shot on target and Harry Maguire over two tackles currently priced at 28/1.
City look nailed on for glory
Though Thursday night’s fixture is yet to be played, United and Derby know progression will hand them a trip to face Norwich in the quarter-finals, who courageously beat Tottenham on Wednesday.
However, with Newcastle their opponents, it already looks set up for Manchester City to land the FA Cup as they bid to put their below-standard Premier League run behind them in the coming weeks.
The Citizens are 8/11 to lift the trophy, but no other team left in the competition comes close to them on their day and although short enough, they look banker material.