Leicester City v Tottenham

An appealing fourth-round trip to Colchester United may tempt Claudio Ranieri and Mauricio Pochettino to play stronger sides in the replay than either did in the original tie.

Ranieri left a slew of his outstanding performers this season on the bench at White Hart Lane 10 days ago, including Riyad Mahrez and Shinji Okazaki.

Okazaki came off the bench to score in that game and continued his fine form by netting in the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday.

The Japanese striker has four goals in his last nine appearances and is 9/4 to net at any time against Tottenham.

Okazaki’s excellent form has come at an ideal time for the Foxes, who have not been able to rely on Jamie Vardy in recent games.

Vardy, who missed the FA Cup third-round tie after undergoing minor groin surgery, has not found the net in his last five matches - a surprising lean spell considering he scored 14 in his previous 15.

And in the five weeks since the Leicester No. 9’s last goal, his main rival for an England place at Euro 2016 has flourished.

Harry Kane has five in his last seven appearances, including the 89th-minute equaliser from the penalty spot in the original tie.

The 22-year-old scored another spot-kick in the 4-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday, taking his total for the season to an impressive 14 in 27 outings.

Vardy and Kane are both 4/1 to open the scoring, while it is 6/1 for both to find the net at any time.

Another Spurs player in impressive form is Christian Eriksen, who ended his two-month goal drought in London the weekend before last.

Eriksen followed that with a brace in the win over Sam Allardyce’s side last time out and is 6/1 to score any time for the visitors at the King Power.

Leicester are 15/8 to win the match, while Spurs are 7/5 - indicating just how closely-matched the sides who are two positions and five points apart in the Premier League are.

The strength of side put out by Ranieri or Pochettino, therefore, could be decisive.

Leicester City v Tottenham betting

Liverpool v Exeter City

Jurgen Klopp will presumably play a shadow side once again, even if his first-team players would benefit from the extra shooting practice against League Two opposition.

Liverpool had 19 shots in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday, but hit the target with just four of them.

Goals should be easier to come by against Exeter, though, regardless of who the German selects.

Roberto Firmino was a menace as a false nine at the weekend and is one of the few forwards at the club who Klopp is certain to keep.

Firmino scored twice in the 3-3 draw against Arsenal at Anfield seven days ago and is 9/2 to open the scoring in a win for the home side.

The Brazilian may be rested for the match, however, which would give Christian Benteke the chance to impress his unconvinced manager from the start.

Benteke has not scored in five - three of which were from the bench - but he should get opportunities against Paul Tisdale’s side, who have conceded 39 in 26 matches in England’s fourth tier.

The Belgian striker is 1/2 to score at any time and 2/1 to score twice or more.

Exeter achieved a creditable 2-2 draw at St James Park a week last Friday and are 19/4 to once again hold the Premier League side over 90 minutes.

The likelihood of them doing that is remote, though, especially without home advantage this time around.

But a goal at one of the most famous grounds in football is, of course, always possible - particularly if Liverpool’s woeful defending at set pieces continues.

Tom Nichols has four goals in his last seven appearances - including one in the original tie - and is 7/2 to net at any time and 5/1 to be Exeter’s first goalscorer.

But it is Liverpool - 2/7 to give Klopp his first win in four matches and 7/4 to do so by a minimum of three goals - who will progress to the fourth round.

Liverpool v Exeter City betting

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