Tip Brentford - Leicester
Leicester City face a potentially tricky tie in the FA Cup fourth round this weekend when they travel to Brentford. The Foxes are yet to host West Ham in the Premier League at the time of writing and are trying to navigate their way through a troubled spell. After an opening half of the season that was full of positives, the new year hasn't gotten off to a great start. Although they remain third in the table, they have lost their last two matches. The back-to-back defeats are the latest causes for concern in a worrying sequence of results. A hangover from the festive period remains and they have only managed to win two of their last seven league matches. Now they take a trip to a Brentford side who are fourth in the Championship largely off the back of their brilliant home form.
The Bees have won their last six league matches at Griffin Park so won't fear the threat that Leicester bring. One of the most talented teams in the second tier, Brentford are the highest-rated side in that division (according to WhoScored data). They like to control possession, break down opponents with short passes and catch out sleeping defences with set-piece routines. Boasting attacking talent all over the pitch, they are the second-highest scorers in the division (44 goals). One player Leicester will need to watch carefully is striker Ollie Watkins, who has 18 goals in the Championship this season. We think an anytime bet on Watkins to find the back of the net is a good bet for this game.
Key points Brentford - Leicester
Brentford have won their last six Championship home matches.
Leicester have kept two clean sheets in their last 11 matches in all competitions.
Leicester have only won two of their last seven Premier League matches.
Conclusion Brentford - Leicester
Backing a shock in the FA Cup can be a risky but potentially rewarding gamble. We think Brentford have enough quality to at least test Leicester, if not knock them out. Watkins is the top scorer in the Championship and his movement always gives him a chance to add to his tally for the season. We think he's a good bet to score anytime against a Leicester defence that kept two clean sheets in their last 11 matches.
Brentford Leicester Prediction published on January 22, 2020