Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola expects his side to “suffer” against Newport County and believes the League Two club are better than the Premier League leaders in “some areas”.
City will look to maintain their challenge for the quadruple on Saturday night when they travel to south Wales in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Newport defeated Premier League opposition in Leicester in round three before overcoming Middlesbrough in a replay earlier this month.
Guardiola is expecting a tough test against the Exiles on their notorious playing surface at Rodney Parade.
“Both their strikers score goals, they are incredible from set pieces and throw-ins. They go for the second balls and use the channels to put the ball into the box and make us defend deeper,” said Guardiola.
“Especially in our box we are going to suffer because they are taller and stronger than us, so in some areas they are better than us.
“We have to try and bring our game in the way we are stronger than them. Which team is going to control these areas and bring their own game? That will be the advantage to go through.”