Play the waiting game at Leicester

Our tipster Nick Hext expects a late first goal in Leicester's FA Cup replay against Huddersfield. He also has a League One pick.

Last Updated: 12/02/13 at 08:27 Post Comment

Leicester will look to defeat Huddersfield on Tuesday night

Leicester will look to defeat Huddersfield on Tuesday night

The FA Cup fourth-round replay between Leicester and Huddersfield is the attraction at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night and I'm not expecting a classic contest.

The first match between these sides finished 1-1 in Yorkshire just over two weeks ago and I think Huddersfield will set up shop to be tough to beat once again.

There have been two clean sheets from the Terriers in their previous three games and the weekend's 0-0 draw against Championship leaders Cardiff was a pretty good effort.

Caretaker-manager Mark Lillis has definitely done a good job since he took control following Simon Grayson's exit and has made Huddersfield a much tougher proposition for opposing teams.

Leicester made five changes for the initial clash and I would expect a similar approach from boss Nigel Pearson on Tuesday night with the reward for the winner a clash against Wigan.

One major point of note is the absence of star striker Chris Wood from the weekend's 2-1 defeat against Peterborough.

The prolific forward has bagged six goals in his seven games for the Foxes since arriving from West Brom and it would be a surprise if he were risked in this match with the Championship promotion battle in full swing.

We had to wait until the 74th minute for the first goal in the 1-1 draw in Yorkshire and I reckon that preparing for a long wait on Tuesday night is the way to go.

Sky Bet offer 25/1 that the first goal of the match arrives between 71 and 80 minutes and 28/1 between 81 minutes and full-time. These are both prices that appeal to me.

I will also have a small stake on the 0-0 draw after 90 minutes at 18/1 with Sky Bet. This is done rather than no goalscorer (which eliminates own goals) at 14/1 in the hope that a bit more profit can be acquired.

The price for either team to win on penalties is 14/1 but I reckon the three selections above at larger prices are the way to go.

I will also make one selection from Tuesday night's Football League fixtures.

Sheffield United travel to Bury after Saturday's 2-1 win at Shrewsbury gave their League One promotion bid a big boost after six matches without a victory.

The Blades sit five points behind second-placed Doncaster and it has been their form on the road rather than at Bramall Lane that has kept them in with a shot at going up.

Danny Wilson's men last lost away from home on November 24 and those five games without defeat have avoided them drifting out of the reckoning.

Bury have found the going tough as they sit in the relegation zone, but the weekend's 2-2 draw at Brentford should have lifted spirits slightly.

It's still only one win in 13 matches in all competitions since November 24 for the Shakers and that isn't going to cut it if they are to avoid relegation to League Two.

Sheffield United should now get their promotion campaign on the right track and I reckon 27/20 with Sky Bet for the away win is well worth taking.

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