Newport County vs Leeds United
English FA Cup
Date: Sunday, 7 January 2018
Kick-Off: 12:00 UK
Venue: Rodney Parade (Newport).
Leeds United failed to find the back of the net against the bottom-half likes in Championship in last two rounds and they will be looking to boost up their confidence this Sunday when they go to Wales to play the League Two outfit Newport County for the place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The clash at Rodney Parade will thus be a perfect occasion for Leeds’ strikers to regain the much-needed confidence after two rather slower displays against the likes of Birmingham City (1-0 loss at St. Andrew’s) and Nottingham Forest (a goalless draw at Elland Road).
The team led by the Spanish manager Thomas Chrtistiansen still sits inside the top six in the Championship standings, but they’ll need to turn things around in the final third if they want to earn promotion come May.
Christiansen has a host of new players who came on to replace Chris Wood who signed for Premier League side Burnley this summer. Nonetheless, goals mainly come from midfielder Kemar Roofe who enjoys the best season of his career having netted seven goals in 23 appearances in the Championship.
The Exiles have been playing hot and cold throughout the campaign in League Two which is only enough for the 11th place in the fourth tier’s standings at this stage. Michael Flynn’s side will, however, enter the game with an improved confidence after beating Exeter City 2-1 in their previous league clash last Monday.
Newport County vs Leeds United: Predictions
The Peacocks should be able to return on the winning ways and advance into the fourth round of the FA Cup past a much weaker opposition.
The bookies are more than generous pricing the Championship side at 1.83 to clinch the spoils which is the bet we’ll take all day long under these circumstances.
Additionally, this clash will be a perfect occasion for the German striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga to boost up his confidence and find the net. You can back him to score anytime at 2.05.
Newport County vs Leeds United: Bet Tips
• Leeds United to win 1.83
• Pierre-Michel Lasogga to score anytime 2.05
Newport County vs Leeds United: Head-to-head
The two teams have only met each other once in their history.
It happened in August 2017 when Leeds United confirmed the gulf in quality by claiming a demolishing 5-1 win at Elland Road in the early stages of the League Cup.