It’s now time for the round of 16 of the FA Cup in England, where Manchester City will be hosted by League Two side Newport County on Saturday. This is a single match unless there is a draw, with a second leg in Manchester coming up in that case. Newport County did a great job to reach this far in the competition and will try to take advantage of whatever Manchester City give them. City have a Champions League match coming up and this could distract them.
Date/Time: 2-16-2019, 12:30 EST
Spread: Manchester City -3
Total: 4.25 Goals
Newport County are not having the best of seasons overall, as they are currently sitting at the 15th spot of the League Two league table (12-12-7). They should be pretty safe in terms of relegation fears but their season can be saved with a good run in the FA Cup. They managed to reach all the way to the round of 16 after eliminated much bigger names, like Premier League side Leicester and Championship side Middlesbrough in the previous round. After a 1-1 draw on the road they won by 0-2 at home and celebrated a nice qualification. But Newport County have not been in very good form lately, winning just two of their last six matches in all competitions (2-2-2). They have been quite competitive at home so far (9-3-4), where they have five more wins and a loss in other competitions.
On the other hand, Manchester City are coming off a stellar performance at home, where they humiliated Chelsea by a harsh 0-6. They took an early lead with Sterling and didn’t pull back. They went on to score four goals by the 25th minute and eventually recorded a historical win against Chelsea. Manchester City have been in sensational form lately, winning 11 of their last 12 matches in all competitions. They are currently sitting at the top of the Premier League with 65 points, just as many as Liverpool below them who also have a match in hand. Manchester City have been really tough to beat on the road, and are coming into this match having won four of their last five matches in all competitions. They have kept three clean sheets in their last four but those were their only ones since November 27th.
Manchester City will travel to Germany a few days later, for a round of 16 match against Schalke. The opponent might not be one to fear, but Manchester City will surely have their minds set on that match as well.
Newport County know that they will have to play massive defense on this match in order to have some very slim chances to qualify. They will surely play a very physical match in order to keep their opponents at bay, and there is a very good chance we will not see a ton of goals here.
FA Cup Newport County vs Manchester City Prediction: Under 4.25 Goals (-121)
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