Man City vs Newport : The Premier League champions will have to be wary of a giant-killing when they head to Rodney Parade in the last 16 of football’s oldest competition.
English FA Cup
Manchester City vs Newport County
Place: Rodney Parade – Newport, WAL
Tima: 12:30pm ET
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Having reasserted their lead at the top of the Premier League table in dominant fashion against Chelsea, Manchester City turn their eye back to knockout football with a trip to Newport Country in the FA Cup fifth round.
Pep Guardiola’s side head to Rodney Parade to kick off a run of three games across three different competitions, with Champions League and Carabao Cup encounters against Schalke and the Blues on the horizon.
As such, their League Two hosts may seem like small opposition in comparison – but City will be wary of something a potential giant-killing at the hands of the Welsh outfit, having slipped up to Wigan at the same stage last season.
Squads & Team News
Having been unlucky to slip to defeat against MK Dons last time out, Michael Flynn may keep faith with the same side for the visit of the Citizens.
Padraig Amond will lead the attack in a potential 3-4-1-2 formation as the hosts look to unlock their top-flight opponents.
Potential Newport County starting XI: Day; Poole, Franks, Demetriou; Willmott, Bakinson, Bennett, Butler; Kennedy; Amond, Matt.
With two arguably more vital encounters in the next few days, Pep Guardiola is likely to rotate his side in order to reduce the chance of any injuries to key players.
Claudio Bravo and Vincent Kompany, however, remain sidelined, while Benjamin Mendy is still a doubt.
Potential Manchester City starting XI: Muric; Danilo, Stones, Otamendi, Delph; Gundogan, Foden, D. Silva; Mahrez, Jesus, Sane
With their grasp on the summit of the Premier League restored following a 6-0 humiliation of Chelsea, Manchester City look to have overcome their brief blip and are firing on all cylinders once more.
The Sky Blues remain in contention for all three major domestic honours and the Champions League – and it is to those knockout competitions that their attention now turns as they travel to Newport County in the fifth round of the FA Cup.