[Image] Predicted 4-3-3 Man City XI to face Newport County – can the Cityzens reach the FA Cup quarterfinals?

Predicted Manchester City line-up to face Newport County in the FA Cup

Manchester City will continue their bid for FA Cup when they face League Two outfit Newport County in the fifth round on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s men have reached the last 16 of the FA Cup by recording comprehensive victories over Rotherham United and Burnley. City produced one of their best performances of the season on Sunday as they battered Chelsea 6-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

The Cityzens are overwhelming favourites for this game as Guardiola would expect his team to do the job over Newport County and advance to the next round.

Team News

Claudio Bravo and Vincent Kompany are out injured but there is an outside chance of Benjamin Mendy returning to the City squad for this weekend’s game.

Probable Manchester City XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Ederson (GK)

Ederson is City’s undisputed No.1 in goal and he should start against Newport County.

Danilo (RB)

Danilo needs to step up and prove his worth to the team. He is expected to start at right-back.

Nicolas Otamendi

Nicolas Otamendi (CB)

Otamendi has found game time hard to come by this season but he is expected to start against Newport County.

Aymeric Laporte (CB)

Laporte is enjoying a stellar season for Manchester City. He should start alongside Otamendi in central defence.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB)

Zinchenko did very well in the 6-0 thrashing of Chelsea and deserves to keep his place in the team.

Fabian Delph (CDM)

Delph could be handed a start at the weekend and the diminutive Englishman will look to gain control of the game from the very beginning.

Ilkay Gundogan

Ilkay Gundogan (RCM)

Gundogan is a box-to-box midfielder who will look to slip in incisive passes in the final third for City’s attackers to feast upon.

Phil Foden (LCM)

Foden is one of the sublime young talents in the Premier League and is expected to start on Saturday.

Riyad Mahrez (RW)

Mahrez has blown hot and cold in his debut season at Manchester City. However, the skilful Algerian could start on the right wing against the League Two opposition.

Leroy Sane

Leroy Sane (LW)

Guardiola might look to use Sane’s pace and unpredictable movement to terrorise the Newport County defence.

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Gabriel Jesus (ST)

Jesus is an instinctive striker, a dangerous customer in and around the box. He could be asked to lead City’s attack on Saturday.

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