Teams: Derby County, Burton Albion
PREVIEW: SHEFF WEDNESDAY v DERBY
Posted on: Mon 14 Jan 2008
A home tie against Preston North End lies in wait for the winners of Tuesday night's FA Cup third round replay at Hillsborough.
For Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday the game is a chance to forget their respective league problems and make progress in the competition.
A month ago, Paul Jewell's side would perhaps have crumbled having gone two goals behind as early as they did in the first encounter.
To their credit they came back strongly and were level before half-time but they didn't finish the job after the break.
Saturday's defeat at home to Wigan was a setback in terms of the Rams' hopes of Premier League survival and it was also a low note in terms of performance.
Derby now need to come back strongly and stamp their authority on proceedings if they are to make progress at Hillsborough.
Derby are down to the bare bones in terms of their squad with a number of players missing for a variety of reasons.
Robbie Savage, Laurent Robert, Hossam Ghaly and Tito Villa are all unavailable as they were not signed in time to take part in the initial game.
Defender Claude Davis is suspended after his red card in the defeat to Wigan, while the Rams have a number of injury concerns.
No Wednesday team news available at the time of writing.
The two teams last met in the FA Cup in 1993, when a replay was again needed after a dramatic 3-3 quarter-final draw at the Baseball Ground.
Interestingly, their first-ever meeting was an FA Cup tie, with the Owls winning 3-2 at Derby way back in January 1891.
It's level overall at 41 wins each in all competitions with a further 32 draws.
Derby have won on five of their last visits to Hillsborough - including last season's stoppage-time success.
If the Rams are looking for anything in terms of an omen, the choice of referee won't give them much heart.
Merseyside's Chris Foy has been handed the assignment at Hillsborough - but he hasn't given them much luck this season.
Foy has overseen Derby twice in 2007/08 and on both occasions they have conceded four goals, at Tottenham Hotspur in August and at Manchester United in December.
His season's record stands at 64 yellow cards and two dismissals in 22 games.
Originally Posted by Nico
I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!
Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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Brian Clough - Legend!