Middlesbrough vs Newport County
English FA Cup
Date: Saturday, 26 January 2019
Kick-Off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough).
Middlesbrough will have a fantastic opportunity to beta their previous term run and go beyond the fourth round of the FA Cup as they are set to host a League Two opposition Newport County for a place in the 5th round of the competition.
Boro proved strength in the previous round when they bagged as many as five goals in the thumping of League One outfit Peterborough United at Riverside.
Britt Assombalonga was the main catalyst for such a big win to which he contributed a brace. He is expected to make the starting line-up on Saturday against Newport County having only played half hour in a hardly-fought 1-1 draw to Millwall in Championship last weekend.
The draw left Middlesbrough at 5th place in the league ladder. The top-two finish is six points away at the moment.
Aside from the mentioned 1-1 draw to the Lions seven days ago, Boro are generally enjoying a fine spell of form coming into this one. They won three and drew two of last five games across competitions and will enter this as firm favourites without doubts.
Middlesbrough vs Newport County: Head-to-head
This will be the first ever head to head meeting between the two sides.
Middlesbrough vs Newport County: Prediction
Newport did well in the FA Cup lately. They made it all the way to the fourth round last year as well when they fell to Tottenham Hotspur only after the replay. Nevertheless, their away form does not quite suggest a pleasant evening for their fans at Riverside. The Exiles lost five on the spin on the road in all competitions.
Michael Flynn’s side shipped three goals to both Lincoln and Crewe Alexandra in recent travels in League Two. Given they are set to play genuine Premier League hopefuls who bagged five goals in the previous round of the FA Cup, we have to fancy the hosts all the way here.
Middlesbrough vs Newport County: Bet Tips
HT/FT Middlesbrough/Middlesbrough @ 1.95 (19/20)
Middlesbrough -1.5 handicap @ 2.05 (21/20).