Having reasserted their lead at the top of the Premier League table in dominant fashion against Chelsea, Manchester City
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.
With Leicester already dismissed in the third round, Michael Flynn’s side will be chasing a second top-flight scalp – and arguably the biggest of them all in the history of the club.
|Game||Newport County vs Manchester City|
|Date||Saturday, February 16|
|Time||5:30pm GMT / 12:30pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game will not be broadcast on television but will be available for streaming on the ESPN+ service.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be shown on BT Sport 2 and streamed on the BT Sport Live app.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 2||BT |
Squads & Team News
|Position||Newport County squad|
|Defenders||Poole, Franks, Demetriou, O'Brien, Neufville, Pipe, Hornby-Forbes|
|Midfielders||Willmott, Bakinson, Bennett, Butler, Dolan, Crofts, Labadie, Sheehan|
|Forwards||Kennedy, Amond, Matt, Marsh-Brown, Ayeez, McKirdy|
Newport County starting XI: Day; Butler, Demetriou, O'Brien, Bennett, Poole, Bakinson, Labadie, Willmott, Matt, Amond
|Position||Manchester City players|
|Defenders||Stones, Laporte, Otamendi, Mangala, Sandler, Zinchenko, Walker, Danilo|
|Midfielders||Fernandinho, Gundogan, Foden, Delph, De Bruyne, D. Silva|
|Forwards||Sane, Sterling, B. Silva, Mahrez, Aguero, Jesus|
Manchester City starting XI: Ederson; Danilo, Stones, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Foden, Fernandinho, D. Silva; Mahrez, Jesus, Sane
Betting & Match Odds
City are overwhelming favourites to progress and are odds-on at 1/20 with bet365. Newport
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.
With defences of their top flight and Carabao Cup titles well on track and the final of the latter against Maurizio Sarri’s Blues in only a matter of days, Pep Guardiola’s dream of a treble or even a quadruple remains alive.
But with football’s oldest competition the only key English trophy he is yet to lift, the Spaniard will be wary of falling foul of another giant-killing.
It was at this very stage last season that Wigan Athletic delivered an upset to knock the Citizens out of the running, and they will be determined to not let lightning strike twice.
Michael Flynn and his League Two hosts, however, will have something different in mind as they look to claim their visitors as the second Premier League scalp of their season.
A third-round win over Leicester City upset the bookmakers and, having overcome Middlesbrough since to reach the last 16, the Welsh outfit will be determined to write a little bit of history of their own.