Newcastle were given a tough draw in the FA Cup 4th round last night when we were drawn away to the winner of the Chelsea vs. Norwich replay.
The boring tie at Carrow Road ended in a 0-0 draw, and the replay will be next week.
But if we do get Chelsea it will be tough to get through to round 5.
The only way we can see that happening is if Antonio Conte plays a fairly weak side in the tie and Rafa Benitez plays primarily his strongest side.
Antonio Conte – Chelsea manager
But it will all depend on the next two league results – at home to Swansea and then away at Manchester City.
If we don’t do well in those games, it’s likely Rafa will field a weakened side to protect his best players from possible injury.
Survival in the Premier League must be our priority this season – with or without the help of absent owner Mike Ashley.
Here’s the 4th round draw in full with the games being played between 26-29 January.
Liverpool v West Brom
Peterborough v Fleetwood/Leicester
Huddersfield v Birmingham
Notts County v Wolves/Swansea
Yeovil v Manchester United
Carlisle/Sheffield Weds v Stevenage/Reading
Cardiff/Mansfield v Manchester City
MK Dons v Coventry
Millwall v Rochdale
Southampton v Watford
Middlesbrough v Brighton/Crystal Palace
Bournemouth/Wigan v Shrewsbury/West Ham
Hull v Nottingham Forest
Newport County v Spurs
Norwich/Chelsea v Newcastle
Sheffield United v Preston