Newport County v Leicester City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
January 02, 2019
Rodney Parade - FA Cup
League Two side Newport County have landed Premier League side Leicester City in the FA Cup Third Round on Sunday afternoon.
The last time these two sides met was way back in 1947, in the old Division Two, with two FA Cup meetings in 1920. Leicester have never lost to the Welsh side, with a 0-0 draw in one of the 1920 clashes.
Newport boss Graham Westley has a fully fit squad to pick from ahead of the visit of the Premier League side, but he may shuffle his pack following a poor run of results over the festive period.
Leicester will be boosted by the return of captain Wes Morgan, who missed their New Years' Day win over Everton through illness, but fellow defender Daniel Amartey is still sidelined through injury.
Newport County v Leicester City Predictions and Preview
Newport endured a miserable run of results over the Christmas and New Year period, with no win in their last four games, including three defeats. Newport famously held Tottenham to a draw in last season's fourth round, before losing a replay to Mauricio Pochettino's side, and they do have giant killing pedigree.
However Leicester fantastic form in recent weeks means that they are likely to motor on, after Claude Puel's side won against Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton in December. The Foxes could an outside bet to go all the way in this competition, particularly given the European distractions of some of the Premier League's big hitters, and an away win is at 2/7.
Puel's side have been effective rather than excessive in their recent run, scoring four goals in their last four games, In fact, Leicester have not scored more than two goals in a game in their last 18 outings in all competitions, and with that in ,mind, an under 2.5 total goals scored bet is at 6/4.
Leicester City to win 2-0 at
The Foxes will have the FA Cup down as a back up plan to securing European qualification this season, and for that reason, Puel will take it seriously and field a strong side against Newport. Leicester have impressed massively in the last few weeks, and they will want to keep that run going,
Jamie Vardy to score anytime at 4/5
Vardy may not start this game, with Puel looking to rotate in certain areas of his side, but the in form striker should appear from the bench at some stage on Sunday. He has two goals in his last four games, and seven goals in total so far this season for Leicester.