Newport County welcome the visitors Leicester City in the English FA Cup – 1/32 Finals. The match will be held on Sunday, January 6th, at the Newport Stadium (Newport).
Newport County have gained a single win in December, the one being over the fifth division representative Wrexham; in the last 5 rounds, they are winless. Furthermore, the team failed to score a goal in the previous 2 encounters, though they opposed Stevenange that played with 10 players within 50 minutes. Their defense also failed in the latest matches. Newport kept their goal locked in only 1 of 5 December clashes, in the other 4 games, they missed 10 goals.
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Despite their home slipup against Cardiff City, Leicester City performed great in the last rounds. The ‘Foxes’ failed to win only Everton, but overcame Chelsea and Manchester City. That said, the guests have allowed only 2 goals in 4 latest encounters. Leicester are, actually, blistering as of beginning of November, featuring only 8 allowed goals in 13 clashes. Their attack is not that great; on this road, however, they could not net in only 4 Premiere League fixtures.
The visitors are clear favorite of the coming clash. They have no ambitions in the PL, so, they will look to progress as far as possible in the Football Association Challenge Cup; thus, Claude Puel will not resort to a profound rotation ahead of a weekly break. Given that Newport were not effective even within the League Two encounters, they will hardly manage to unlock the ‘Foxes’’ defense which managed to hold off Manchester City and Chelsea, and they will not withstand the guests’ pressure. Newport allowed 42 goals in 25 League Two rounds, only the league outsiders feature the worse defense. Now the hosts face a PL representative. Leicester are capable of storming their goal, same as they did in the meeting with Cardiff. Considering that the welcoming side have allowed 10 goals in the previous 5 encounters, they will not keep a clean sheet in the Sunday match as well.
Prediction for the match: Leicester City to win with -1.5 handicap.