Saturday 16 February, kick-off 5.30pm
Rodney Parade – FA Cup
League Two minnows Newport County play Premier League leaders Manchester City at Rodney Parade in this FA Cup preview. Surely there can only be one winner in this meeting between David and Goliath?
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City have only conceded three goals in their last 10 games, which is why we’re backing against both teams to score predictions at 13/20 with Betfair. The Blues are 5/6 with the same bookmaker to win to nil, which improves the odds on an away win. City are 6/1 to win this game 3-0.
Man City to win to nil
Leroy Sane didn’t even get on the pitch in City’s huge win against Chelsea on Sunday. That shows the strength of the Citizens’ squad, and means the German is likely to come into the team here. Sane is 5/1 with Betfair to score first, and 10/11 in the anytime market. He is 40/1 to net first in a 3-0 City win.
Leroy Sane to score first
They were already nine up on aggregate, but City only beat Burton Albion 1-0 away from home in the Carabao Cup recently. The crowd and pitch will be against the Blues on Saturday, and they are 14/1 with 888sport to win this game 1-0 too as part of your football score predictions. If you want football tips with big odds, add Gabriel Jesus as the scorer for 50/1.
Man City to win 1-0
What’s the story with Newport vs Man City?
Is Newport vs Man City on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on BT Sport.
What happened last time? These teams haven’t played each other since they met in the League Cup in 1962. City won 2-1 in South Wales that day.
What are the Newport vs Man City odds? Newport County are 35/1 for the win, while Manchester City are 1/16 and the draw is 15/1. All those football betting odds are available with Betfair, who are offering new customers up to £100 in free bets when you sign up here.
Remember that time…these clubs were in the same division together? It’s only happened once, when they were in the old Division Two in 1946/47. City won 3-0 away before a big 5-1 win back at home later in the season.
Team news and form
Last six: WDDLWW
As if facing the Premier League champions in these Newport vs Man City predictions wasn’t bad enough, County boss Mike Flynn has less time to prepare for its thanks to Tuesday’s league game against MK Dons. At least he has no major injuries or suspensions coming into this game. He also won’t have to worry about Jason Day’s mind potentially being elsewhere, after the goalkeeper welcomed a couple of new arrivals to his family during last week’s game against Middlesbrough.
Last six: WWLWWW
Pep Guardiola usually puts out a strong team in the FA Cup, and he’ll be wary of this game. The pitch will cut up like it did when Newport beat Boro last week. The City boss will surely leave out Benjamin Mendy, as this is no game to continue his return from a serious knee injury. Blues skipper Vincent Kompany is also injured, as well as back-up goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. Gabriel Jesus may get a chance to come in for the red-hot Sergio Aguero.
Newport vs Man City prediction, preview and betting tips
Newport have already come through six FA Cup games to reach this fifth round tie. It’s some reward for a team who are mid-table in League Two. This City team is one of the best Premier League sides we’ve seen, and County will see these football predictions as a chance to record one of the biggest ever FA Cup shocks.
The Exiles already upset the odds in the last round, beating Middlesbrough 2-0 in a replay at Rodney Parade. That followed an impressive 1-1 draw at the Riverside, showing this Newport team have plenty of fight in them. As well as home advantage, they’re also comfortable at this small ground which only holds around 8,000 people, and used to the pitch.
This could be a tough game for City if they don’t settle into the conditions quickly. The Blues lost at Wigan in last season’s FA Cup, so they aren’t unbeatable. However, Pep Guardiola’s side are at the top of their game right now. They’ve won 11 of their last 12 matches in all competitions, and thrashed Chelsea 6-0 last weekend.
Even if they make some changes, this City squad is full of quality and cover in every position. It’s almost impossible to see Newport even getting a draw in this game, but there isn’t much value in City to win outright. The Blues have only conceded in two of their 10 games, which is why we’re backing them to win to nil in our Newport vs Man City betting tips.
If you think the away team will go big, then they are 5/4 with Betfair to win with over 4.5 goals in the game. That bet would’ve paid out in City’s last FA Cup game, as they hammered Burnley 5-0. However, the Citizens could struggle with the pitch on Saturday. With that in mind, the Blues are 15/8 with Betway to win this game with under 3.5 goals.
Newport vs Man City first goalscorer predictions
Will Sergio Aguero start or will Gabriel Jesus come into the team? It’s perhaps most likely that Jesus gets a chance, and the Brazilian is 3/1 to open the scoring in this game. He’s been back amongst the goals lately, hitting nine in his last 10 games. Newport’s top scorer Padraig Amond has 18 goals so far this season, and he’s available at 18/1 in the first goalscorer odds for this game.
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Michael is something of an anomaly. Born in Barcelona, he grew up as a Real Madrid supporter but is able to appreciate the beauty of both clubs. A huge football fan with experience of writing across a number of European leagues, Michael has also worked as a travel writer and loves his weekly accumulator bets.