Millwall v Leicester City FA Cup preview - Lions to produce another cup shock at the Den this weekend



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Leicester's title winning exploits of 2015/16 were clearly a one-off, with no-one but the most optimistic Foxes supporters believing otherwise. Nevertheless few actually believed that they would follow this huge success with a relegation battle. This is exactly where Leicester City are heading however and as we rapidly approach the business end of the Premier League campaign, Claudio Ranieri's men are very much in the mix as far as the drop to the Championship is concerned with just two points separating them from rock-bottom side Sunderland.

Their league campaign can be put to one side this weekend when they head down to Millwall's Den for a fifth-round FA Cup clash, however we're far from confident of their chances of returning to winning ways against their lower league opponents. The Lions have been surging up the table of late following a ten-game unbeaten run in the league. They swept past Premier League side Bournemouth to the tune of 3-0 in the third round of this competition and followed this with another top-flight scalp in the form of Watford in the following round. Leicester City will therefore hold no fear for the League One outfit when they go head-to-head on Saturday afternoon.

Leicester City need to find a spark from somewhere, however they were made to work hard for their win over local-rivals Derby County in the fourth round. The Championship side held the Foxes to a 2-2 draw at Pride Park and forced extra-time at the King Power Stadium before two Leicester goals secured a passage into the fifth round. Can Ranieri's men find that much-needed spark in south-east London? We don't believe so.

Ranieri's main remit this season will undoubtedly be Premier League survival and with Champions League obligations clearly taking a toll on the side, we believe that the FA Cup will be a competition which the Foxes boss won't want to be involved in. A second-string side will prove a tough obstacle for Millwall to overcome but given that the hosts have already swept past Bournemouth and Watford en-route to this stage of the tournament, we believe that another Premier League scalp is on the horizon for the Lions on Saturday afternoon.

Our tip:Back Millwall to beat Leicester City at 15/8 with Bet365

 

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