Foxes to struggle in Wales


Newport County could take advantage of Claude Puel’s tinkering when Leicester City visit Rodney Parade for an intriguing FA Cup third-round clash on Sunday.

Puel, who remains under pressure despite guiding the Foxes to three victories over the festive period, was criticised for naming a weakened side for last month’s League Cup defeat to Manchester City.

Newport to beat Leicester @ 17/2

The Frenchman seems certain to name another much-changed line-up for the trip to south Wales, which could give Mike Flynn’s side the opportunity to cause a shock.

Newport are safely in mid-table in League Two and have a good home record – winning seven of their 12 fixtures at Rodney Parade and only losing twice.

They thrashed Wrexham 4-0 in a second-round replay last month and have form in the competition, having beaten Leeds United and held Tottenham to a draw last season before losing 2-0 to Mauricio Pochettino’s team in a fourth-round replay.

Sheffield United to win 3-0 @ 7/1

It is difficult to see National League side Barnet or National League South outfit Woking reaching the fourth round.

The Bees visit Bramall Lane to take on a Sheffield United team that sit third in the Championship after winning their last three matches, scoring three goals in each of them.

Watford to score a penalty @ 7/2

An easy Blades victory seems guaranteed as it does for Watford at Woking.

The Cards may have caused one of the biggest upsets in the competition’s history when they won 4-2 at West Brom 28 years ago, while they are pushing for promotion this season after winning their last seven league games, but the Hornets have the know-how to emerge victorious at Kingfield.

Javi Gracia looks set to name a much-changed line-up, so it may be worth looking at Isaac Success to score the first goal at 9/2.

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