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Chorley vs Derby Tips - Non-leaguers tipped for FA Cup upset

  • Chorley vs Derby preview for Saturday's FA Cup third round tie
  • The match is being played at Victory Park (12.15pm GMT).
  • Derby are having to field an under-23 team after a coronavirus outbreak, and non-league Chorley are tipped to win benefit from the disruption.
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news
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Wayne Rooney will miss the game as Derby field an under-23 side (Getty Images)
Gary Emmerson 08 Jan 2021
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Chorley vs Derby Predictions

Chorley have pulled off two giantkilling acts to reach the third round. With Derby having to field an under-23 team, the non-leaguers are tipped to win again.

  • Chorley have played four matches to reach the FA Cup third round for the first time.
  • Chorley have defeated League One Wigan and Peterborough to reach this stage.
  • Chorley have won 2 of their last 3 matches (National League North).
  • Chorley are undefeated in 11 of their last 13 matches (all competitions).
  • Derby are fielding a team made up of under-23 and under-18 players.
  • Derby have won 3 of their last 18 matches (EFL Championship).

Head to Head

Chorley and Derby will be meeting for the first time.

Chorley Form

Chorley came through two rounds of FA Cup qualifying to reach the first round proper. They defeated fellow National League North sides Gateshead 2-1 and York 1-0.

The Magpies came from two goals down to win a five-goal thriller 3-2 against League One Wigan in the first round.  

Wigan led 2-0 at the break through Joe Garner and Thomas James before being reduced to 10 men. Elliot Newby and Harry Cardwell levelled before the hour-mark and Connor Hall struck a 91st minute winner.

Chorley conceded after two minutes against Peterborough in the second round, before goals from Hall and Mike Calveley in two second-half minutes sealed a 2-1 victory.

In the National League North, Chorley sit in 10th spot having won two of their last three matches. They were beaten 4-0 by Fylde last weekend in their latest match. 

Chorley Team News

Chorley manager Jamie Vermiglio is a primary school headteacher by day, and he will look to forward Connor Hall for more cup heroics. Former Welsh international Adam Henley, Scotland under-21 midfielder Harry Cardwell and midfielder Willem Tomlinson have Football League experience.

Derby Form

Derby's form has picked up since Wayne Rooney replaced Phillip Cocu at the helm, but he will not be on the sidelines at Victory Park.

The Derby first-team had moved out of the relegation zone in the Championship after losing one of eight matches since Rooney took charge of the Rams.

But a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday in their latest game pushed Derby back into the bottom three, before the training ground was closed down due to a coronavirus outbreak.

With FA Cup rules deeming clubs have to field a team of under-23 or under-18 players if 14 are available, Derby will play the third round tie with a youth team.

Derby Team News

Derby's under-23 coaches Pat Lyons and Gary Bowyer will take charge of a youthful side to face Chorley. The team will be entirely made up of the clubs youth team squad.

Chorley vs Derby

What is the best bet for Chorley vs Derby?

Chorley are tipped to cause another upset with Derby having to field a youth team.

Where can I watch the Chorley vs Derby live stream online?

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Where is Chorley vs Derby being played?

Chorley vs Derby is being played at Victory Park in Chorley, England.

When does Chorley vs Derby kick off?

Chorley vs Derby kicks off at 12:15 GMT on Saturday 9 January 2021



The disruption to Derby's preparations gives Chorley a serious chance of another giantkilling. I'm predicting the non-leaguers will upset the young Rams.

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