Manchester City's millionaire soccer stars are in for a culture shock this weekend

Key Points
  • Manchester City drawn against Newport County in the fifth round of the English FA Cup.
  • Reigning Premier League Champion Manchester City is ranked 82 places above Newport County.
  • According to the website oddschecker, gamblers can receive odds as high as 100-to-1 for a Newport victory.
Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City celebrates during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on April 29, 2018 in London, England.
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English Premier League leaders Manchester City has a squad valued at over $1 billion and is still on course for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies this season, but this weekend it's faced with an unusual challenge.

For the fifth round of this season's FA Cup, England's major domestic cup competition, Manchester City has been drawn against Newport County. A team ranked 82 places below the reigning Premier League champions in the soccer standings.

The two teams operate on very different plains, with Manchester City breaking its transfer record last summer when it signed Riyad Mahrez for $76.8 million, while Newport has never paid even six figures for a player.

Manchester City announced record revenues of $639.9 million for last season, when it also became the first Premier League team to reach 100 points. By contrast Newport County had to be reformed 29 years ago and made a loss of $447,000 in April 2018.

Their vast differences also extend into the value of their kit deals as well. Manchester City is coming to the end of its $109 million six-year partnership with Nike, with a potential $64 million a year switch to Puma on the horizon for the 2019/20 campaign. For the past two season's Newport has had its kit made by Thai company FBT, which produces attire for the national soccer teams of Laos and Cambodia.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has coached in some of the most famous stadiums in the world, but he'll possibly have never seen anything like Newport County's home stadium of Rodney Parade.

The tiny 7,850 capacity stadium is considerably less than the 55,000 Manchester City's Etihad Stadium can hold.

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Its playing surface could hold a few surprises as well, as it doubles up as a rugby pitch, making it one of the UK's most used professional pitches.

Premier League champions of 3 years ago Leicester City have already found out first-hand how difficult things can be against Newport, losing there in the third round earlier this season.

However, Newport manager Michael Flynn does not think the pitch will hamper City too much.

"They're a fantastic outfit and knowing how good Pep is, I'm sure he'll overcome that pitch," Flynn said after his teams win in the last round over Championship side Middlesbrough. "We passed the ball around a lot in tough conditions and I'm sure Man City will do the same."

Just in case Newport needed any further confirmation of the task in front of them to cause an FA Cup upset, it lost its last league match away to MK Dons, whereas Manchester City had just put six goals past Chelsea in the Premier League.

According to the website oddschecker, gamblers can receive odds as high as 100-to-1 for a Newport victory.