Because we are not in Europe and are out of the League Cup, we expect Steve McClaren to play his strongest side in each of the remaining games of the season and that includes ties in the FA Cup.
Tomorrow we are at Watford in the 3rd round of the FA Cup and we expect Newcastle to field the strongest side they can muster for that game.
The team that played so well at Arsenal last week is the side we expect Steve to field tomorrow at Watford.
Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini (c) Dummett
Sissoko Tiote Colback Perez
Subs: Darlow Mbabu Lascelles de Jong Gouffran Thauvin Riviere
On paper that’s a strong side especially with Georginio Wijnaldum in the number 10 role where he looked good last week at the Emirates.
Cheick Tiote also added some steel to the center of the field with a terrific performance for us last Saturday.
But he’s on four yellow cards so he cannot pick up another yellow tomorrow and miss the game at home against the Red Devils on Tuesday night – an almost must win game for us in the league.
The best we have done under Ashley in the FA Cup in the last eight tries is the fourth round three times.
In 2008, 2010 and 2012.
Two in three fans expect us to go out at the first attempt this season – and that would be the fourth time running we have failed at the first hurdle.
What team would you play tomorrow?