Newport County vs Leicester predictions and betting tips for this FA Cup match on Sunday with a goals prediction and anytime goalscorer included.
Expert Tipster Prediction: This is a tremendous tie and could provide one of the more memorable FA Cup games of the weekend. Newport will be remembered for their escapades under Mike Flynn last season in which they dumped Leeds out of the competition at this stage. The Exiles then held Spurs to a 1-1 draw here and were eight minutes away from progressing to the fifth round of the FA Cup. They will be keen to pull off a similar stunt this time around although it will be far from easy. Claude Puel has already admitted that he may rotate for this game and he is likely to make changes. Although Leicester could win this, it won’t be easy and Newport should stay within a couple of goals of the Premier League outfit. Expect a tight affair.
Rodney Parade is far from a happy hunting ground for travelling sides and Leicester cannot expect a walk in the park on Sunday afternoon. Newport will be scrapping for every ball and they will be keen to pull off yet another shock. Leeds underestimated the League Two outfit last season and paid the ultimate price. Spurs almost slipped up but they managed to score a late goal to take them back to Wembley. The locals will fancy their sides chances of causing another upset and who can blame them? Leicester may make some changes here but they are in good form and did pick up a 1-0 success at Goodison Park in midweek. Claude Puel has already been blamed for throwing away opportunities by rotating his squad in the Carabao Cup and he will need to think carefully about his XI here. If the Foxes do manage to progress in South Wales, it isn’t likely to be straightforward and I expect Newport to stay within a goal of their high-flying visitors. Newport +2 is a decent price and is worth backing in this game.
What is the best price on Newport +2 on the handicap? Evens with Betfair
Newport had a great record at Rodney Parade last season beating Leeds, Walsall and Cambridge United. Both teams netted in two of those three fixtures and it also landed against Spurs in the fourth round of the competition. It’s very rare that they fail to score in front of their own fans and they netted four times against Wrexham in the previous round. They have a great record of finding the net in South Wales and have only failed to score twice at home all season. Leicester haven’t been free-scoring of late but they have look dangerous going forward and with several Premier League players in their ranks, they should be able to get on the scoresheet. The Foxes could score late in this game as their extra quality begins to shine through. I expect this to be an entertaining game with both teams finding the target.
What are the best odds on Both Teams to Score? Yes – 10/11 with Bet365
Using the secondary striker theory, this could be a good opportunity for Kelechi Iheanacho to find the back of the net. He’s played several times in the cup this season and one of his two goals came in the Carabao Cup against Fleetwood. He should be hungry to get some more minutes under his belt and try to cement his place in the team. Claude Puel is expected to mix things up and the Nigerian could get the nod. Mike Flynn said he wouldn’t want to see Jamie Vardy in the starting XI and he may get his wish here. However, Iheanacho could be difficult to stop if he’s in the mood on Sunday afternoon.
What is the best price on Kelechi Iheanacho to Score Anytime? – 11/10 with Sport Pesa
Leicester are 1/3 favourites to win this game although it isn’t going to be straightforward. They could only draw 0-0 at Fleetwood at this stage of the competition last season and they may face a similarly tough assignment here. The draw could be tempting at 19/4. Spurs struggled to break them down last season and the Foxes need to be at their creative best here. Newport beat Leeds at this stage last season and they are 9/1 to make it to fourth round yet again.
Vicente Iborra is definitely going to miss this tie and this game could come too soon for Wes Morgan. If Jamie Vardy does start, he can be backed at 10/3 to open the scoring, just ahead of our anytime goalscorer pick – Kelechi Iheanacho, who is 3/1. James Maddison has enjoyed a terrific first season in the Premier League and can be backed at 11/2 to notch an FA Cup goal. For the hosts, in-form Padraig Amond has been scoring freely of late and is always a danger. He is 11/1 to break the deadlock and send the home fans into raptures.
The general concensus is that this game will be a high-scoring one and it’s 8/15 for Over 2.5 Goals in this FA Cup tie.
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