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Derby County v Tranmere Rovers

FA Cup

Saturday 5th January 2013

KO: 3pm


Derby will check on the fitness of Craig Bryson (knee), Gareth Roberts (calf) and Jamie Ward (hamstring).

Nathan Tyson, Theo Robinson, Conor Doyle and defender James O'Connor are options for the Rams should they wish to make changes to the starting XI.

Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore has no new injury worries with James Wallace (knee) still unable to return.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (broken metatarsal) and Abdulai Bell-Baggie (knee) remain sidelined.


Head to head

• Tranmere have a 50% winning record against Derby, prevailing in seven of their 14 clashes.

• There's been no shortage of goals between these clubs with 37 generated in their last eight second level league meetings, culminating in Tranmere's 5-1 home win in November 1995, and Derby's 6-2 home victory five months later.

• They have never met outside the league.

Derby County

• Derby have successfully negotiated the third round in each of the last eight years, with the exception of 2011, when then non-league Crawley defeated them 2-1 in Sussex.

• Nigel Clough's men, who find themselves 15 league places higher than Tranmere, are one of five Championship clubs who could potentially fall victim to League One opposition.

• The Rams were losing finalists on three occasions before they won the FA Cup for the only time in their history in 1946.

Tranmere Rovers

• League One leaders Tranmere, won all three of their post-Christmas league fixtures, and have already beaten non-league Braintree and League Two Chesterfield to get this far in the FA Cup.

• It is their first appearance in the third round in three seasons, having made first round exits in the previous two.

• Rovers have not faced second level league opposition since Millwall in their joint club-best 2004 quarter-final appearance, when they lost having taken the Lions to a replay. Three rounds earlier the Merseyside club had knocked out Premier League Bolton; the last time they humiliated higher league opponents in the FA Cup.

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Derby are doing well, decent at home but always do crap in the cup. Tranmere top of League 1, home form matches away form W7 D4 L2, will want to show what they do against a Championship team...

1-1 then get beat in the replay.

Who cares about the cup anyway.

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Was just getting it in there nice and early just in case, don't want to come across a sore loser if we win.

And I went for a defeat because we always under estimate lower league clubs in the club, Tranmere will be no push overs

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