2018-19 FA Cup: Fifth Round – Newport vs Manchester City

Having knocked out Leicester and Middlesbrough en route to FA Cup fifth round, Newport will be hoping to produce their biggest cupset yet as they welcome Manchester City to Rodney Parade. 

 

Team news

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Newport have no fresh injury concerns as Padraig Amond aims to make it five consecutive rounds in which he has scored. 

Manchester City have no fresh injury concerns with Vincent Kompany (muscle), Benjamin Mendy (knee) and Claudio Bravo (Achilles) all sidelined indefinitely. 

Pep Guardiola however is set to rotate his squad for the first of three cup games in eight days.

 

Stat Attack 

  • This is the first FA Cup meeting between these teams. 
  • Newport have lost all three meetings with Manchester City but netted once in last two. 
  • Manchester City have crashed out at this stage in two of last three seasons. 

 

Prediction

With Guardiola’s eyes clearly focused on their trip to Schalke then Carabao Cup Final, Man City need to be alert here against a difficult Newport side. 

Newport probably need to do what Newcastle did and slowly impose themselves as the match wears on. 

If they do that and Guardiola keeps his stars on bench then they might just nick this but the Citizens will most likely be too strong to stop. 

Prediction: Newport County 1-3 Manchester City

Result: Newport County 1-4 Manchester City

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