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Manchester United v Derby County Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

15:33 SAST 2018/09/24
Jose Mourinho
Frank Lampard has made a fine start to management, but our tipster expects Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils to edge a low-scoring clash with his Rams side

Manchester United welcome Championship outfit Derby County to Old Trafford for an EFL Cup third round tie on Tuesday night.

Jose Mourinho and Frank Lampard won this competition together twice while at Chelsea but now the two men meet as managers of opposing sides.

The Red Devils are currently 11/2 (6.5) second-favourites to win the EFL Cup, while Derby are massive outsiders at 125/1 (126.0) .

Latest odds

Manchester United have won their last five home competitive encounters with Championship opposition inside 90 minutes and are 1/5 (1.2) to do so again.

Visitors Derby though have made a bright start to their season and are a huge 12/1 (13.0) to cause potentially the biggest upset of the round.

A draw, which would mean a penalty shoot-out, can be found at 11/2 (6.5).

Team News

Right-back Diogo Dalot put in an excellent performance against Young Boys in the Champions League and could have a chance to further his claim to start more regularly. Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera are all injured.

George Evans and Curtis Davies are unlikely to feature here while Ikechi Anya is a long-term absentee. Although David Nugent normally starts up top for Derby, Lampard might favour the extra pace of Jack Marriott here.

Quiet second half?

Manchester United have only scored three second half goals in their last 11 games in all competitions and Derby have only shipped one in their last nine.

The 12/5 (3.4) on offer for the hosts to fail to score after the interval is therefore tempting as once Mourinho’s side build up a lead of one or two goals, they often hold what they have rather than attack further.

Preview and predictions

Our best bet is the 5/2 (3.5) on offer for Manchester United to win a game involving Under 2.5 goals.

While Derby should give a good account of themselves, we can expect the hosts to do enough work in the first period to progress to the next round.

Manchester United to win and Under 2.5 goals 5/2 (3.5) for a 1pt stake with William Hill