Belgians back for United against in-form Rams

MANCHESTER UNITED welcome back Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku into their squad for Friday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Derby at Old Trafford.

Antonio Valencia and Michael Carrick are close to a return but won’t be available for the cup tie, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly are also sidelined because of injuries.

Ashley Young is suspended and Jose Mourinho has confirmed David de Gea will be rested with Sergio Romero in goal for long odds-on favourites.

Derby, 6-1 with Sky Bet to qualify from the tie and available at 13-1 with Betfair and Paddy Power to win at Old Trafford, are going to make “subtle changes” to their team according to Rams boss Gary Rowett.

County, who sit second in the Sky Bet Championship, have doubts over former United youngster Tom Lawrence, Bradley Johnson and Joe Ledley.

Betway rate the Rams 66-1 rank outsiders in their market on which Championship side will progress furthest in this season’s FA Cup, in a market headed by Aston Villa, who host Peterborough.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere opened the scoring in their 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Wednesday, but Hills still make him 5-4 to make England’s World Cup finals squad.

The same firm rate Alexis Sanchez 4-5 to sign for Manchester City in January and 11-10 to remain at the Emirates.

Match in Focus

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Mainz v Wolfsburg

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Mainz have lost just one of their last ten home games in all competitions
Expert verdict
Mainz earned a much-needed three points against Hertha Berlin last time out and they can add further impetus to their relegation battle with a victory over Wolfsburg, who parted ways with manager Martin Schmidt in midweek. Experienced coach Bruno Labbadia has taken over at the Volkswagen Arena but he's had little time to work with a squad who have won just one of their last 11 matches in all competitions.

 

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