Stoke have not been winning many matches recently and a trip to Old Trafford on Tuesday might see Tony Pulis rotate his squad for this game, something which makes Derby’s odds of 5/2 (bet365 £200 free bets) seem very attractive.
County have been pretty strong at home this season, winning eight of their fourteen games and that includes victories against West Ham United and Leeds United in recent weeks. Nigel Clough’s team come into this game off the back of five wins and a draw, having kept four consecutive clean sheets.
Therefore, the 9/1 (Coral bookmaker) about a 1-0 win to the Rams looks an attractive bet, with 2-0 on offer at 18/1 with the same firm and you can’t help but feel the Potters would be relieved not to have this tournament as a distraction.
After all, Stoke have a Europa League date with Valencia next month and need to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after slumping to a home defeat against West Brom on Saturday.
City came from behind to win at Gillingham in the previous round, with a strong team being fielded at the Priestfield Stadium and you can get 6/5 with William Hill that the Premier League outfit demonstrate their quality in this encounter although a draw seems more likely considering how solid Derby have been recently.