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Newport v Manchester United: Predictions, team news, stats & more

League Two Newport County will be hoping to pull off one of the FA Cup's greatest shocks by beating Manchester United in their fourth-round tie at Rodney Parade on Sunday.

Newport v Manchester United Odds

Newport - 20/1
Draw - 11/1
Manchester United - 1/11

Newport v Manchester United Information

  • Where is Newport v Manchester United? Rodney Parade, Newport
  • When is Newport v Manchester United? 16:30, Sunday 28th January
  • Where can I watch Newport v Manchester United? bet365 Sports Live Streaming & BBC One
     

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Newport v Manchester United Predictions

Second half to have most goals - 10/11

Newport were the second-lowest ranked team left in the fourth round of the FA Cup and landed the plumb tie with their first game against Manchester United.

The sight of the Rebels sitting in 14th place in League Two before this weekend’s fixtures may not do much to inspire fear in the United camp, but they are in some decent form.

Graham Coughlan’s side have suffered two defeats in their last 14 matches and none in their last seven, with both of the losses they have fallen to at Rodney Parade since the first week in October coming in the EFL Trophy.

It is also interesting to note that County have not trailed at half-time in any of their last 13 home FA Cup ties and have conceded just two first-half goals in their last ten league games on their own patch.

Therefore, this could be a match where Erik ten Hag’s visitors may have to be patient and grind out the win.

United have not been great this season at pressing home early advantages.

While there is obviously a gulf in standard between Newport and the quality of teams the Red Devils usually face, the fact the Old Trafford outfit have led at half-time in just six of their 30 matches this season should not be ignored.

An early goal may be difficult to come by and there looks a strong chance it will take a while for United's superiority to be pressed home, so most of the scoring could take place in the second half.

Bruno Fernandes to have over 1.5 shots on target - 13/8

United have scored just 24 goals in their 21 Premier League matches this season, which goes a long way towards explaining why they are eighth in the standings.

They looked sharper up front at times in their 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham last time out, but it is difficult to put faith in them scoring a hatful on this trip to south Wales.

An alternative is to back Bruno Fernandes to have at least two shots on target.

The Portuguese midfielder has scored just three league goals this season, but has had 15 on-target efforts, more than any other United player.

He can have an attempt at goal from any free-kicks around the box and it is notable that he had six efforts in the last round when United won 2-0 at League One Wigan.

Two of those attempts were goalbound and there is an increasing reliance on him to make things happen.

The fact he could be on penalty duty is also something that could potentially contribute to his shots-on-target tally.

Newport Team News

The Rebels have no fresh injury or suspension issues, so Coughlan could elect to keep faith with the team that beat League Two promotion-chasers Wrexham last week.

Manchester United Team News

Anthony Martial is out having undergone groin surgery, while Mason Mount, Victor Lindelof and Tyrell Malacia will also be missing.

Marcus Rashford and Jonny Evans have been ill, so await late tests, and both Andre Onana and Sofyan Amrabat are away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Altay Bayindir is set to make his debut in goal.

Newport v Manchester United Stats

Manchester United have led at half-time in just six of their 30 matches this season.

Newport have conceded two first-half goals in their last 10 home league matches.

Head-to-Head

This is the first time that Newport have faced Manchester United in a competitive fixture.
 

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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