[Image] Predicted 4-3-3 Derby County XI to face Brighton in the FA Cup – can the Rams reach the quarterfinals?

Predicted Derby County XI to face Brighton in the FA Cup

Derby County are coming into the game on the back of a tight 1-0 victory over lower league side Accrington Stanley in the 5th round of the historic FA Cup tournament.

They will now be travelling to the Amex stadium to take on Chris Hughton’s Brighton side who boast a much more experienced squad as well as the reputation that comes with being a Premier League side.

Lampard’s tactics and ideologies for this game have to be spot on if they are to progress to the latter stages of this tournament. Having already ousted Southampton in round 3, they will be quite confident that they can pull off a surprise win against Brighton.

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Both Curtis Davies and Craig Forsyth have been ruled out at least until the end of the current season while Mason Mount and Marcus Olsson are both expected to return only later in the month.

Scott Carson remains sidelined as well with a thigh problem while Jack Marriott is a doubt for this clash despite his recent return to full training.

Probable Derby County XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Frank Lampard

GK – Kelle Roos

He has been forced into the side because of injury to first-choice Scott Carson. He must seize his opportunity and show the manager what he’s capable of.

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RB – Jayden Bogle

The Englishman has played 24 times in the Championship for the Rams this term and is expected to start this crucial tie.

RCB – Richard Keogh

He has played each and every Championship game for Derby this season and has even scored a goal. His concentration and experience will be key.

LCB – Fikayo Tomori

The Chelsea loanee has been very good for Lampard’s side this season and will be one of the first names on the line-up.

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LB – Ashley Cole

Frank Lampard’s former Chelsea teammate could be in for his first Derby start in this cup game against Premier League opposition.

RCM – Craig Bryson

The Scottish midfield creator has been quite effective this campaign and will need to put in a good showing against Brighton.

CM – Tom Huddlestone

The Premier League veteran’s experience can never be discounted as he could end up being a massive influence on the result of this game.

LCM – Duane Holmes

The American international’s midfield opportunities have been rare this season, thanks to Mount and he must use this chance to impress Lampard.

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RW – Harry Wilson

Wilson has been deployed on the flank by Lampard before and could feature here again against Brighton this weekend.

ST – David Nugent

The veteran striker’s understanding of the game will be a massive boost to Derby’s chances of progress in this tournament.

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LW – Tom Lawrence

The promising prospect has recently returned from injury and even scored in his team’s previous game against Ipswich Town.

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Written by Nikhil Vinod

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