Stan Collymore predicts shock outcome of West Ham United v Derby County FA Cup tie
Stan Collymore has predicted that West Ham United will be sent packing from the FA Cup and lose their fourth-round tie against Derby County on Monday night (30 January).
David Moyes’ side stopped their rot in the Premier League recently with a comfortable 2-0 win over Everton, but remain just a point above the relegation zone.
The Rams have looked good value in League One this season following a run of five consecutive wins, and Collymore, making his prediction in his column for Mirror Sport (Monday 30 January), believes the Hammers could be stung by their lower league opposition.
He said: “Derby are 15 games unbeaten, flying high towards the top of the table, everyone is buzzing and I’ve got Derby to win it.
“All isn’t well at West Ham and if Moyes puts out a full team and loses he’s in a no-win situation but if he puts out a team with a couple of new faces and win then it could freshen things up but it also gives Derby more of a chance.
“When you are 15 games unbeaten, you don’t feel you can lose against anyone. You’ve nothing to lose, you want to play against household names and show what you’ve got.
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“It’ll be a full house at Pride Park with a baying crowd knowing they can take a scalp and I honestly think they will win.”
This tricky FA Cup tie couldn’t have come at a worse time for Moyes, who is hanging on to his job on a match-by-match basis.
A loss to the Rams could prove terminal for his long-term future at the London Stadium, so he will likely look to field a strong line-up from the first whistle.
With the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool both knocked out in the fourth round, the FA Cup could provide Hammers fans with a realistic charge into the latter stages of the competition.
However, the Scot’s side will have to deal with an ill-timed succession of injuries to a number of key players. January recruit and Gianluca Scamacca have both been sidelined with knee injuries, while Kurt Zouma is also out after picking up an injury against the Toffees last time out.
These injuries mean Michail Antonio will likely be tasked with leading the line, despite his recent transfer speculation.