Some Crystal Palace supporters have taken to Twitter to comment on the south London club drawing Derby County at home in the FA Cup third round draw.
The Eagles will host the Rams at Selhurst Park. It will be the first meeting between the two sides since the 2012-13 Championship campaign which Palace won 1-0 at Pride Park.
Palace have a decent home record against the Rams. The last time the East Midlands club won at Selhurst Park was way back in 2002, a slender 1-0 win.
Most Palace supporters were seemingly hoping for Millwall, Charlton Athletic or Brighton and Hove Albion. Instead, Derby were drawn, and here is how some reacted.
— Sam (@SWPalace) December 2, 2019
— SeanCPFC (@cpfc_sean) December 2, 2019
Definition of a meh tie could’ve been worse could’ve been better
— Ben (@BxnMatthews75) December 2, 2019
— sam🥤 (@Roilionpapis) December 2, 2019
Don’t mind the Derby FAC draw. Home games are a chance to bring to kids enjoy the game and maybe see some of our squad players. It only gets tense if we get to the latter rounds… COYP
— Starman Esq. (@PalaceBySea) December 3, 2019
Not easy but I think we play at our best and have a strong 11 should get though to the 4th round
— Mike Griffin (@MikeGri30760253) December 2, 2019
Be entertaining derby ant that bad
— Andy Hoad (@AndyTheTwat1992) December 2, 2019
— Paul Rahilly (@PaulRahilly) December 2, 2019
Why Crystal Palace will start the game as heavy favourites:
The two teams last faced each other in the FA Cup more recently in 2012. Derby won the third-round tie 1-0 at Pride Park in what was a largely forgettable game.
Derby used the EFL Carabao Cup to play a host of academy players. It wouldn’t be a great surprise to see manager Phillip Cocu adopt a similar selection at Palace.
The Rams have been dreadful on their travels to London this season. They have suffered 3-0 defeats at Charlton, Brentford and most recently at promotion hopefuls Fulham.
Add Derby’s recent London record with their long winless run at Selhurst Park and it looks like there will only be one winner on the day.
Palace are in little danger of relegation from the Premier League this season. Manager Roy Hodgson, therefore, may target a proper run in the FA Cup.
The Eagles reached the FA Cup final back in 2016. Despite taking the lead, Palace lost 2-1 to Manchester United with former Derby County loanee Jessie Lingaard scoring the winner.