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            Newport County vs Manchester United Prediction & Betting Tips

            On Sunday 28th January, 12-time FA Cup winners Manchester United travels to Rodney Parade where they’ll face League Two outfit Newport County in search of a place in the Fifth Round of England’s oldest cup competition.

            These odds are accurate at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

            Date: 27th January 2024

            Kick-off Time: 16:30 pm

            Venue: Rodney Parade

            This will be the first-ever competitive meeting between these two sides which is no surprise, considering that Newport County, who are known as The Exiles were only reformed 34 years ago in June 1989 following bankruptcy just months prior with debts of £330,000; seeing them effectively start all over again from the Hellenic League (four divisions below the English Football League).

            Despite winning the Hellenic League in their first season after the reform in 1989/90, it would take all the way up to the 2012/13 season for the Exiles to regain their Football League status via the Conference Premier play-offs - ironically the same season that Manchester United won their 20th and most recent league title under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson.

            Since rejoining the English Football League, Newport have had some memorable FA Cup occasions, especially under former manager and club legend, Michael Flynn. The 43-year-old who was recently dismissed as manager of Swindon Town led the club to a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur in the Fourth Round back in January 2018, just weeks after overseeing a famous 2-1 victory over Leeds United.

            Remarkably, this wasn’t to be a one-off for Newport, as in the 2018/19 campaign, they reached the Fifth Round proper where they were defeated 4-1 by Manchester City’s “Fourmidables” side at Rodney Parade, having progressed past Leicester City in the Third Round by a 2-1 scoreline thanks to goals by Jamille Matt and Padraig Amond. In the Fourth Round, they beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at home after a 1-1 draw at the Riverside Stadium.

            United may be 12-time FA Cup winners, but, this is a competition that has not treated the Red Devils too well in recent years, with Erik ten Hag’s men suffering a narrow 2-1 defeat to local rivals Manchester City in last season’s final at Wembley Stadium as the second part of the Sky Blues’ treble campaign.

            A statistic that would shock many, is the fact that since United completed their historic treble campaign back in 1998/1999, they have only managed to win the FA Cup twice in that period, doing so in the 2003/04 season, as well as 2015/16. During this period, they have finished as runners-up in 2004/05, 2006/07, 2017/18 and 2022/23.

            Ten Hag would surely love to lift the famous old cup this season, with the Dutchman’s job potentially being on the line following a drab first half of the 2023/24 campaign for the Old Trafford club, coupled with last season’s final defeat.

            Team News

            Newport County Team News

            Graham Coughlan’s side have no fresh injury concerns, meaning that the former Bristol Rovers boss could choose a similar side to that which started in the Exiles 1-0 win over Welsh rivals Wrexham last weekend.

            Manchester United Team News

            Ten Hag could give a debut to Turkey international Altay Bayindir who is bizarrely yet to play for the club since signing from Fenerbahce in the summer due to Andre Onana’s recent arrangements for AFCON.

            There is also the possibility that Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Mason Mount will return to the Red Devils matchday squad, while Casemiro could get some minutes having been an unused substitute in United’s recent 2-2 draw with Tottenham at Old Trafford.

            Form Guide

            Newport County

            Newport County are currently 14th in League Two having managed to amass 37 points from 28 matches (10 wins, 7 draws and 11 losses). Despite their midtable position, The Exiles only sit five points behind seventh-placed MK Dons who occupy the final play-off place.

            In their last five outings, Newport have managed to win three and draw two.

            One of these draws came at home to Eastleigh in the FA Cup, with the Spitfires taking them to a Third Round replay following an 82nd-minute equaliser from Chris Maguire despite being reduced to 10 men in the 38th minute following a red card for George Langston. In the replay, Newport ran out as 3-1 winners thanks to goals by Aaron Wildig, James Clarke and Will Evans.

            In terms of league form, Newport have accumulated seven points from their last three matches, as following a 1-1 draw with fourth-tier strugglers Sutton United, Coughlan’s side managed to muster up impressive 1-0 victories over Doncaster Rovers and Wrexham, with Seb Palmer-Houlden scoring the only goal of the game against the latter-mentioned opponent.

            Manchester United

            United’s season has been nothing short of a calamity, having crashed out of the Champions League at the Group Stages, while being beaten in the Fourth Round of the League Cup, meaning that this is now the Red Devils only realistic chance of silverware as they loiter in 7th place in the Premier League, a mere 11-points adrift of fourth-place Aston Villa.

            Ten Hag’s side made a meal of getting through to the Fourth Round, as they beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 at the DW Stadium thanks to goals from Diogo Dalot and Bruno Fernandes, despite having a total of 33 shots in the match.

            The Old Trafford club have picked up just four points from their last four Premier League matches, having suffered drab 2-0 and 2-1 away defeats to West Ham United and Nottingham Forest, while earning a dramatic 3-2 win over Aston Villa, having overturned a 2-0 deficit thanks to second-half goals by Alejandro Garnacho (2) and Rasmus Hojlund.

            United’s most recent result was a 2-2 home draw with Tottenham in what was a must-win encounter if they were to have any hope of a late surge towards the Champions League qualification places. United took the lead twice through goals from Hojlund and Marcus Rahsford, but, were pegged back by equalisers from Richarlison and Rodrigo Bentancur.

            Footy Accumulators Prediction

            Despite United’s lack of consistency, the FA Cup provides a real opportunity for them to salvage something from what has been a below-par campaign. We expect Erik ten Hag’s side to comfortably brush aside League Two opposition in Newport County and predict: Newport County 0-3 Manchester United.

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            Where to Watch

            Newport County versus Manchester United can be viewed via BBC One this Sunday.