Newport vs Middlesbrough predictions and betting tips for this midweek FA Cup Replay fixture on February 5th with an anytime goalscorer tip and goals prediction included.
FA Cup giantkillers Newport may be struggling for consistency in League Two but they are guaranteed to make this game tough for their Championship opponents. The Exiles netted in injury time to set up this replay and take Tony Pulis’ side back to Rodney Parade. They have already seen off Leicester this season and they held Spurs to a 1-1 draw here last season. Boro got a morale-boosting 3-2 win at the weekend to put their promotion credentials firmly back on track. Can Newport produce yet another shock in front of a sell-out crowd? See our Newport vs Middlesbrough predictions below.
There should be a terrific atmosphere under the lights at Rodney Parade as Newport aim to for a second successive home scalp in this competition. They battled well during the first leg and got their reward in stoppage time and they could keep things tight here against the Teessiders. They’ve only lost one FA Cup tie in 90 minutes since January 2016 and that came away at Spurs. They have an affinity with this competition and they love bringing the big boys back to South Wales. At home, they’ve beaten Walsall, Cambridge, Leeds and Leicester here and they’ll be hoping to add Middlesbrough to that list. True, their 3-0 defeat at Blundell Park on Saturday is far from the ideal preparation for this game although they could be forgiven for having one eye on this match. Mike Flynn bemoaned his side’s defending in that game and he will be furiously working on plugging those gaps ahead of Tuesday night. They will be roared on by a huge crowd and I think they can take the Championship side to extra time here. Boro are now unbeaten in seven in all competition and although this will be far from straightforward, they will believe they can get something from this game. However, they might not do it in 90 minutes. Newport +1 Handicap is the first of our FA Cup predictions for Tuesday night.
Newport’s defending left a lot to be desired at the weekend and they are liable to concede here. However, the Exiles always offer a threat at the other end of the pitch. Antoine Semenyo will be staying at Bristol City which is a huge blow for Newport but they still have enough going forward to cause problems. Ben Kennedy’s arrival also gives them more of a threat from set-pieces and that is surely going to help them mix it up. BTTS has landed in three of the last four FA Cup games staged at this ground with only Wrexham failing to get on the score-sheet. It’s also paid out in four of the last six FA Cup matches at Rodney Parade. Both Teams to Score is a decent price and is the second of our Newport vs Middlesbrough predictions.
30-year old Padraig Amond has scored plenty of goals in the EFL during this career and he is likely to continue that trend for many years to come. The striker already has 17 goals in all competitions this season and although he hasn’t scored for a couple of weeks, he is likely to be heavily involved here. He is also likely to step up to take a penalty and that could be a huge advantage in this market. Jamille Matt will also offer a threat but Padraig Amond is a natural goalscorer and looks to be a decent price here. He is the third of our Newport vs Middlesbrough predictions for Tuesday night.
The bookies are being relatively cautious when it comes to this match and Middlesbrough can be backed at Evens despite being two levels above their opponents. Pulis’ side have already been defeated by Burton in the cup this season and they will be desperate to avoid another humiliation. The hosts are priced at 3/1 and it’s 13/5 to end in a second successive draw.
We fancy Both Teams to Score? Yes is Evens and that looks very tempting. It’s very rare for Newport to not get on the score-sheet at home and the fans should be able to roar them forward at every opportunity.
Britt Assombalonga was very impressive at the weekend and netted twice when he came off the bench. He is the 9/2 favourite to break the deadlock in this game followed by strike partner Jordan Hugill, who is 11/2. Our anytime goalscorer tip, Padraig Amond is available at 7/1 to open the scoring tonight.
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