Southampton take on Derby in Wednesday’s sole FA Cup third round replay and neutrals will be hoping for a game just as entertaining as their opening encounter.
On that occasion, the Saints raced into a two-goal lead thanks to Nathan Redmond’s brace before Jack Marriott got one back and Tom Lawrence levelled.
Both had chances to find a winner but failed to do so and will need to be separated at St Mary’s.
Ralph Hasenhuttl seems to be getting a tune out of the Southampton squad and Saturday’s 2-1 win at Leicester lifted them out of the drop zone and up to 16th.
That result extended their unbeaten run to three straight games and having fielded a good mix of youth and experience at Pride Park, may quite fancy an FA Cup run.
Charlie Austin, Yan Valery and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg are all suspended, while Hasenhuttl also has injury doubts over Mario Lemina, Michael Obafemi, Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand.
Derby have won just one of their last seven and have not kept a clean sheet in their last six outings.
Frank Lampard’s side have conceded 11 goals in their last five games and with their promotion hopes going somewhat of course, may field a weak team with Saturday’s winnable game against Reading on the horizon.
Harry Wilson remains a doubt through injury, while Scott Malone could get the nod at left-back following a tough evening for Max Lowe on Friday at Leeds.
Goalkeeper Kelle Roos is another who could get a rare start for the Rams, while Max Bird could also get the nod in midfield.
There have been over 2.5 goals in the last three meetings between these sides and more of the same appears likely.
Saints themselves have one clean sheet in seven, conceding 13 in that time and are likely to select second-choice Angus Gunn, the man who kept that shut-out in the stalemate at Chelsea, on Wednesday.
A both teams to score bet might be worth a look due to the unfamiliarity of both goalkeepers with their defences but Saints’ form suggests they should have enough to book their place in the fourth round, where League One Accrington await.
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