Manchester City have been given many dull cup draws in recent years, but today’s FA Cup fifth round tie against Newport County truly represents the ‘Magic of the FA Cup’ slogan by bringing together two teams at the opposite ends of English football.
City are top of the Premier League while Newport are mid-table in League Two, English football’s fourth level. And Michael Flynn’s side will be supported by a sold out crowd at Rodney Parade today for the visit of the Premier League giants.
It should be an intriguing cup tie on a challenging surface as Pep Guardiola and his men continue their assault on all four competitions.
Here are the lineups selected by Guardiola and his counterpart Flynn to start today.
Newport County: Day, Butler, Demetriou, O’Brien, Bennett, Poole, Bakinson, Labadie, Willmott, Matt, Amond
Manchester City: Ederson, Zinchenko, Stones, Otamendi, Danilo, Fernandinho, David Silva (c), Foden, Mahrez, Sané, Gabriel Jesus
The match can be viewed on BT Sport 2 in the UK. A full list of TV coverage across the world can be found here.
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