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Toothless Terriers no match for in-form Blues

Toothless Terriers no match for in-form Blues

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Birmingham City have been in excellent form since the turn of the year while Huddersfield Town are in freefall so everything points to a victory for the Championship side in Tuesday’s FA Cup fourth-round replay at St Andrew’s.

Steve Cotterill has transformed the Blues from relegation certainties to mid-table hopefuls in the last six weeks and they have lost only one of their last seven matches in all competitions.

Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Sheffield Wednesday lifted City four points clear of the relegation zone while the Terriers, after performing so well in the first three months of their debut Premier League campaign, have lost their last five games and now appear to be in grave danger of making an immediate return to the Championship.

Birmingham can be backed at 17/10 to win Tuesday’s replay while Spanish star Jota, who scored twice at Hillsborough, is 13/5 to find the net at anytime against Town.

Millwall were fortunate to escape with a draw in their initial match against Rochdale – Ben Thompson grabbing a stoppage-time equaliser to force a replay – but the Lions have the quality to win at Spotland.

They picked up only their second away win in the Championship at Reading on Saturday, while Dale are in desperate form and have lost six of their last 10 League One fixtures. It could be tight but Millwall can edge to victory by one goal at 13/5 and are available at 9/5 to keep a clean sheet in the replay.

Notts County may have missed their chance to cause a shock after producing a poor first-half display against Swansea City before hitting back to draw 1-1 at Meadow Lane last month.

Kevin Nolan’s team were in impressive form at the weekend when they thrashed Crewe 4-1 but a visit to the Liberty Stadium may be too much for them and a routine 2-0 triumph for the Swans appears to be good value at 25/4.

Newport County will enjoy their trip to Wembley but even an under-strength Tottenham side should brush their League Two opponents aside at the second attempt with few alarms.

Fernando Llorente has been poor since his summer switch to Spurs from Swansea but it may be worth a punt on him at odds of 11/4 to score the first goal in Wednesday’s replay.

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Mark Race Having worked in the media for nearly 30 years, Mark knows his sport inside out and at all levels. An avid football fan, Mark also has serious knowledge of the tennis world and is quick to point out value bets in a number of other sports.