Michael Owen makes bold Brighton prediction at FA Cup giant killers Newport

Former Liverpool striker and FA Cup winner Michael Owen believes Brighton's ability to create chances will be key to their success at Newport County this Sunday

Michael Owen feels Brighton are capable of creating chances at Newport

Newport have taken several notable scalps in recent seasons, beating Leeds in the 2018 third round before holding Tottenham to a 1-1 draw and earning a replay at Wembley.

In 2019, Leicester were defeated 2-1 at Rodney Parade, with Middlesbrough also knocked out in Wales after a replay before Manchester City comfortably won their FA Cup fifth-round tie.

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This season, Michael Flynn’s side are pushing for promotion from Sky Bet League Two – and took Newcastle all the way to a penalty shoot-out in their Carabao Cup encounter during September.

Brighton boss Graham Potter is determined his side will not become another memorable FA Cup upset when they head to Newport on Sunday for their third round clash.

Albion have struggled in the Premier League this season and hope a positive outcome in south Wales can help revitalise their campaign.

Brighton will be without the considerable talents of Tariq Lamptey who continues his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury.

Danny Welbeck (knee), Adam Lallana (illness) and Aaron Connolly (hamstring) are also unavailable.

South African striker Percy Tau, recalled from his loan spell at Anderlecht, is available for selection and could make his debut for Albion.

"The FA Cup offers Brighton a break from a Premier League campaign where despite playing well at times, results have been a bit disappointing," wrote Owen in his weekly Bet Victor blog.

"They travel to Newport in what could be an awkward tie for the Premier League side. However, if the Seagulls continue to create chances like they have been, they should be in the draw for the next round."

Michael Owen prediction: Newport County 0-2 Brighton.