Newport County vs Derby County Match Analysis & Prediction
15/11/2022 6:00 pm
League One outfit Derby County make a trip across the Severn Bridge to face League Two side Newport County in the FA Cup second round at Rodney Parade on Sunday.
The Rams take on a Newport side who have a strong reputation of making the third round of the FA Cup, and Derby may well have their work cut out at the weekend.
Newport’s recent history in this competition has provided much invigoration for fans of the historic tournament, and Rodney Parade has played host to some of the biggest sides in English football in the last four years alone.
The Exiles knocked out the likes of Leeds United, Leicester City and Middlesbrough in the Cup under the tutelage of Mike Flynn, as well as holding Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton to draws, all at home on the coast.
Few lower-league clubs have been quite as successful in the FA Cup as Newport, and despite Flynne having since departed, the freshly appointed manager Graham Coughlan will be looking to reignite Rodney Parade’s vibrant atmosphere on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Derby County enter the contest with the confidence of a side fighting for promotion to the Championship, sitting eighth in League One, and have not lost a league game since mid-October’s defeat to second-placed Ipswich Town.
Now under head coach Paul Warne, the Rams have been looking to put the misery of administration, points deduction and relegation from the Championship well behind them.
Warne’s form since his arrival has certainly been positive, but a lack of goals and decisive victories for Derby represent the hangover they have been facing since being relegated in May.
Victory in the FA Cup this weekend will be hard to come by against a Newport County side full of experienced players, against whom the young Rams may be ill-prepared.
Newport County vs. Derby County Head to head
These two teams have not previously met in any competition and this will be their first meeting in the FA Cup second round.
27/11/2022Newport CountyN/ADerby CountyN/AFA Cup
Newport County Team News
There are no reported injury concerns or suspensions for Newport County, with Coughlan expected to field a full-strength team after resting several players in midweek.
Matty Dolan, Mickey Demetriou, Robbie Willmott, Joe Day, Mark O’Brien and Lewis Collins are expected to help their side to a win over Derby County on Sunday.
Newport County's Last 5 Matches
05/11/2022Newport County2Colchester United0FA Cup
08/11/2022Leicester City3Newport County0League Cup
12/11/2022Newport County1Stockport County2League Two
19/11/2022Newport County2Gillingham0League Two
22/11/2022Milton Keynes Dons3Newport County1EFL Trophy
Derby County Team News
Derby County will be without Krystian Bielik, who is on international duty at the World Cup for the Polish national team, but Jason Knight is expected to be back to full fitness before kickoff.
Tom Barkhuizen returned to training last week and will be expected to make his return to the starting lineup.
Derby County's Last 5 Matches
06/11/2022Torquay United2Derby County2FA Cup
09/11/2022Liverpool(P)0Derby County0League Cup
12/11/2022Milton Keynes Dons1Derby County3League One
15/11/2022Derby County5Torquay United0FA Cup
18/11/2022Portsmouth0Derby County0League One
Newport County vs. Derby County: Odds and Predictions
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