odney Parade plays host to yet another big name this Saturday evening - and they don't come much bigger - as Premier League champions Manchester City become the latest to attempt to end Newport County's fairytale FA Cup run for a place in the quarter finals. This will be County's first fifth-round tie in the competition for 70 years.
Pep Guardiola brings his squad of multi-millionaires to South Wales looking to continue a run which could culminate in their first FA Cup tournament victory since 2011. His players will be hoping to avoid being eliminated from the competition by opposition from a lower division in consecutive seasons; Wigan Athletic having done so at the same stage last term - almost exactly a year to the day before County get their turn to try and upstage one of Europe's top clubs.
City come into this game in fearsome form; they have lost just one of their last 12 matches in all competitions - a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United - averaging nearly four goals a game in the process and are on the back of a remarkable 6-0 demolition of an admittedly waining Chelsea last weekend.
Despite this, boss Mike Flynn said of his approach, "I'd rather get thumped doing it properly than lose with no ambition." Not just merely admirable, it showcases the consistency in management he has repeatedly called for from his players. County have produced thoroughly attacking performances through this run of home matches; Tuesday night saw 27 crosses put into the box in the first half alone.
County have had a couple fewer days to prepare for this momentus occasion, having fallen to an unlikely defeat at home to MK Dons on Tuesday night, a game in which the Exiles were in control for long periods and carved out a myriad of guilt-edged chances to get themselves out of sight of their opponents.
Manager Mike Flynn said of that game, "On another night we win that football match comfortably. Sometimes it's just not your night." He continued by praising the players' attitude, saying, "Their effort was fantastic. Their quality - apart from their finishing obviously - was excellent."
Flynn and his army will be aware that they can't afford to be as wasteful against the blues; it is unlikely they will create anything like the amount of chances they did on Tuesday night so will have to become more efficient if they are to somehow progress.
Speaking about his side's chances, Flynn said, " I wouldn't be sat here if I didn't think we could win. I've got full belief in my players. Each one of these players have the ability to play at a higher level [than League Two]. I believe that, if we were to win, it would be the biggest upset in the history of the FA Cup"
On the injury front, Tyler Forbes should be able to return to the matchday squad and Joss Labadie should get over a stiff neck in time for the game. No such luck for Andrew Crofts, however, as he felt his calf go last Saturday during the warm-up; the midfielder is expected to be out for about a month. Newcomer Ade Azeez is unlikely to feature having gone down Tuesday's warm-up with a hamstring problem but Harry McKirdy is back training and could feature.
Prediction: I'm all for another cupset, but even I think this is one step too far for County; Newport County 0-3 Manchester City