After stopping the rot at Wolves, Newcastle have a massive opportunity to advance in the FA Cup on Tuesday. We didn’t get the job done at Rochdale last weekend as the lads didn’t capitalize on their first-half dominance.
However, the excellent draw yesterday at Wolves should give the players a lift in confidence heading into the replay. Also, a fourth-round draw against Oxford United, another League One club, leaves a place in the fifth round a real possibility.
Steve Bruce should be able to field a strong side though he may have an issue with fielding a defense again. Three right-backs were out against Wolves, so hopefully, either DeAndre Yedlin or Emil Krafth can come back for Tuesday.
There’s an outside chance Jamaal Lascelles could return though with two players going down early at Molineux, we think Bruce will hold the captain out of this one.
He’ll have three fit defenders in Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark, and Florian Lejeune, but will he really risk Florian again on short rest after what happened against Everton and Leicester.
Matt Ritchie will likely get his first start since August as the injuries yesterday didn’t allow for him to play a part.
The Longstaff brothers should be ok to get a third straight start together in the midfield. While we’ll see if Bruce goes with Andy Carroll up front or continues with Joelinton. He could even start them together with Joelinton on the right and Almiron on the left.
This is match Newcastle need to be winning and doing so very comfortably. Let’s hope they can put this one to bed in the first half so some youngsters can make their Newcastle debuts in the second.
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