Rampant City to show no mercy

Manchester City showed how ruthless they can be when they annihilated Burton Albion 9-0 in the Carabao Cup last month and Newport County will be desperate to avoid a similar outcome in Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie.

Newport next in line for super City

The Exiles, who were promoted to League Two in 2013, only lost to Tottenham in a fourth-round replay in last season’s FA Cup, after beating Leeds United in the previous round. This term they have already knocked out both Leicester City and Middlesbrough.

They are in the fifth round of the competition for the first time since 1949, but their chances of defeating the current Premier League leaders appear slim. An extremely unlikely victory for Mike Flynn’s modest outfit on Saturday can be backed at 23.25.

It would appear that it will be simply a case of how many goals Pep Guardiola’s team can score in South Wales, although it may take them a while to adjust to the spartan surroundings of Rodney Parade.

A 3-0 win for City can be backed at 5.55 while Gabriel Jesus, who has scored in both of the previous rounds, available at 3.75 to score the first goal.

Newport have slipped from promotion contenders earlier in the campaign to a mid-table spot in League Two, after a poor run of just four victories in their last 18 league matches. While Guardiola’s imperious side lost to then-League One Wigan at this stage last term, it is tough to see them suffering a similar fate this weekend.

It means punters may even choose to look ahead, with Manchester City currently available at 2.25 to win the FA Cup this season.

Dons can add to Millwall’s away-day blues

Two teams that knocked Premier League sides out in the fourth round meet at Kingsmeadow, when AFC Wimbledon take on Millwall.

The Dons may be rooted to the foot of the League One table, but they produced some exhilarating football to stun West Ham United 4-2 last month, while Millwall overcame Everton 3-2 thanks to Murray Wallace’s stoppage-time winner.

AFC Wimbledon appear to be heading back to League Two, but Wally Downes’ side did at least win 1-0 at Walsall on Tuesday and are coming up against a Lions team that have been dreadful away from The Den this term.

Neil Harris’ team have only won one of their 15 away games in the Championship this season and are on a five-match winless sequence, in which they have managed to find the net just once.

Such statistics suggest an AFC Wimbledon win, available at 3.80, may be worth a punt, while Anthony Wordsworth is good value at 13.00 to score the first goal.

Goals look set to be at a premium in a tight match of few chances so odds of 3.10 on there being under 1.5 goals in the encounter appear tempting.

Ruthless Rams to stun Brighton

A poor run of form has left Brighton looking over their shoulders and the prospect of relegation from the Premier League is looming large for Chris Hughton’s free-falling side.

The Seagulls have picked up just six points from their last 10 top-flight matches – only Huddersfield Town have a worse record – and are just three points above the drop-zone after losing 3-1 at home to fellow strugglers Burnley last Saturday.

Hughton picked a largely second-string side for the fourth-round replay victory at West Brom earlier this month and will be tempted to name a similarly weakened starting XI for the visit of the Rams to the Amex Stadium.

Frank Lampard’s outfit have already defeated Manchester United in the Carabao Cup and Southampton in the FA Cup this season, while they remain in play-off contention in the Championship.

Four of the last six Brighton matches have ended with three goals or more being scored and, with Lampard adopting an attacking approach to games this season, Saturday’s match should be a high-scoring affair. The prospect of there being over 3.5 goals in an entertaining clash can be backed at 3.50, while a Derby County win is available at 4.35.

Martyn Waghorn has already scored two FA Cup goals this season and is 9.00 to grab the first goal at Brighton, while a draw at half time and a Rams victory after 90 minutes can be backed at 8.50.