Mythbusters: 4 favourites to back against on Saturday
We pick out the underdogs that could spring a surprise this weekend, including an FA Cup upset and further crisis in Madrid.
Leicester not to beat Peterborough –
After labouring to a 0-0 draw at Fleetwood in the same Saturday lunchtime slot in the third round, Leicester are a good bet to fall short again this weekend.
Peterborough are in much better form than the Foxes’ third-round opponents, losing only one of their last seven home matches and beating Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park to make it this far.
Claude Puel’s visitors are also likely make a few changes to their starting XI, and are without a win in four on the road.
Carlisle v Forest Green –
A raft of January signings appear to be saving Forest Green’s season, and they can continue their turnaround at Carlisle.
Mark Cooper’s side have won two of their last three league games, thrashing Cambridge 5-2 last weekend.
The hosts have only won one of their last six matches, so are vulnerable against their improving visitors.
Valencia v Real Madrid –
Real Madrid’s nightmare season continued on Wednesday as they were knocked out of the Copa Del Rey by Leganes.
Zinedine Zidane’s side have now failed to win five of their last eight matches, and are without an away win in La Liga since 14 October.
Valencia have won three consecutive home games, and will give their esteemed visitors no respite.
PSG v Montpellier –
Last weekend’s defeat at Lyon suggested complacency is slipping in at PSG, and proved their over-reliance on Neymar against strong opposition.
And while they are naturally favourites to put things right on Saturday, Montpellier’s impressive away form can lay bare similar flaws.
The visitors are unbeaten on the road since August, an 11-game sequence, so are well worth a punt to trouble the league leaders at this price.
*Odds subject to change.