League One Derby County will be eyeing a Premier League scalp in the fourth round of the FA Cup when they play host to West Ham on Monday.
The Rams are flying high in the third tier, sitting fourth and well in the mix for a play-off place after losing just two of their 18 League One outings since Paul Warne took charge in September.
They’ve only lost three of their 25 engagements inside 90 minutes with Warne at the helm, including a goalless draw at Liverpool in the Carabao Cup, while they are unbeaten in nine at home across all competitions.
West Ham, meanwhile, sit 16th in the Premier League and are just one point clear of the relegation zone as they battle to retain their top-flight status.
David Moyes’ side have only won two of their last eight away fixtures, beating Brentford in the FA Cup and FCSB in the Europa Conference League.
Derby vs West Ham Betting Tips
- Derby to win @ 10/3
- Nathaniel Mendez-Laing to score anytime and both teams to score – NO @ 14/1 #PickYourPunt
Warne has almost a full-strength squad to select from for this FA Cup tie, with experienced central defender James Chester the only player unavailable due to injury.
West Ham’s treatment room is slightly busier with attacking duo Gianluca Scamacca and Maxwel Cornet having been joined by recent signing Danny Ings.
Derby to win @ 10/3
Warne will be eager to keep building momentum as he looks to get Derby back up to the Championship and that requires getting a positive result here.
The Rams have earned a reputation this campaign for upsetting or, at least frustrating, higher level opposition.
They beat Championship side West Brom in the EFL Cup and held Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield in the next round, although they came away on the wrong side in the penalty shootout.
Derby can draw confidence from those results and won’t fear a struggling West Ham when they arrive at Pride Park.
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing to score anytime and both teams to score – NO @ 14/1 #PickYourPunt
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing has struck seven times across all competitions this season and, having scored in each of his last two outings, looks a strong candidate to register against the Hammers.
The 30-year-old is fancied to score anytime as the first leg of our #PickYourPunt and offers plenty of value, especially when taking into account that five of his seven efforts have come on home turf.
Both teams to score – NO – is the second leg in our bet builder, with the feeling that Derby should be able to keep their misfiring visitors at bay.
West Ham have netted just 17 goals in the Premier League this term – only Wolves, Everton and Nottingham Forest have bagged fewer.
Only six of those have come on the road and they are set to come up against a very strong defensive outfit – Derby have picked up six clean sheets from their last seven outings at home across all competitions.
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