Newport vs Middlesbrough
English FA Cup
Date: Tuesday, 5 February 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Rodney Parade (Newport).
Former Middlesbrough member Matthew Dolan bagged the 93rd-minute stoppage time goal ten days ago to force a fourth round replay against Middlesbrough.
It was a huge moment for the man who never g0t a single minute on the pitch in Boro’s shirt back at the time. He came on as a substitute just three minutes from time and managed to deliver the equalizer right at the death of the clash at Riverside.
Newport County went beyond the fourth round of the FA Cup just once in their history (back in 1949). They’ve already eliminated a top flight side Leicester City in the previous round and have a golden opportunity to try and claim a massive Championship scalp on Tuesday evening in front of the home crowd at Rodney Parade.
Newport vs Middlesbrough: Head-to-head
This will only be the second ever head to head encounter between the two teams.
Boro took the lead through Daniel Ayala six minutes after the interval, but Matt Dolan levelled it in the third minute of stoppage time for the Exiles.
Middlesbrough entered the game as heavy favourites as there are two divisions separating the two outfits, but they failed to confirm the tag on the pitch as it proved out to be an evenly-matches contest at Riverside.
Newport vs Middlesbrough: Prediction
This is definitely the most important match of the season for the hosts who sit in the middle of the League Two standings. They have a golden chance to keep their FA Cup fairy-tale going. We’ve witnessed greater FA Cup upsets in recent years and we’d not be surprised at all to see the fourth-tier outfit claim this scalp on Tuesday night.
Middlesbrough sit 5th in the Championship standings and the elite class promotion is certainly team’s main goal for this season. It means a failure here would not be regarded as a big catastrophe for Boro. We just have to try with Newport County or Draw at 2.05, while you can alternatively back the Under 2.5 goals FT bet at 1.72.
Newport vs Middlesbrough: Bet Tips
Newport County or Draw @ 2.05 (21/20)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.72 (8/11).