SSE Women’s FA Cup preview: Derby County v Nottingham Forest

Tie number ten of the Women’s FA Cup third round is a good old-fashioned East Midlands derby between Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

As well as being local rivals, both teams play their league football in the WPL Northern Division, and as things stand right now, both teams are in the bottom half of the table.

This will be the second meeting of the season between these sides. The last time they met each other, back in August, Derby won 2-0 thanks to second half goals from Samantha Griffiths and Lisa Giampalma. That scoreline seems to be a popular one when these two teams meet, as the 2015/16 season saw both teams earn a 2-0 victory at home when they faced each other in the WPL.

My prediction: Local derbies can be very difficult to predict, as the rivalry can cause the form book to be thrown out the window. These are two evenly matched teams, so it should be a closely-fought battle, but I’m going to pick Derby to win.

The match

  • Date: Sunday 5th February
  • Kick-off: 2 pm
  • Venue: Don Amott Arena, Mickleover, DE3 9FL
  • Admission: £3
  • Public transport
    • Train: Nearest station is Derby (approx 4 miles away)
    • Bus: The Mickleover service from Derby. Nearest stop is East Avenue, 1 km from the ground.

The stats

Derby County (@DerbyCountyLFC)

WPL, Northern Division (level 3)
League form: w4 d1 l4 gd+1 = 7th place out of 11

2016/17 FA Cup
1R – Huddersfield Town (level 3) 0-1 Derby County
2R – Derby County 3-2 Sheffield United (5) – after extra time

2015/16 FA Cup
2R – Preston North End (3) 2-1 Derby County

Nottingham Forest (@ForestLadies)

WPL, Northern Division (level 3)
League form: w3 d2 l8 gd-20 = 10th place out of 11

2016/17 FA Cup 
1R – Guiseley Vixens (level 4) 0-1 Nottingham Forest
2R – Nottingham Forest 4-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (4)

2015/16 FA Cup
2R – Nottingham Forest 3-0 Morecambe (4)
3R – Nottingham Forest 2-0 Preston North End (3)
4R – Everton (2) 5-0 Nottingham Forest

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