With Chelsea beating Manchester City 2-1 yesterday it may be a good time to play City on Sunday in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
There again, manager Pep Guardiola will want to win another cup this season, and with Liverpool now Premier League Champions, the FA Cup is a good target.
They beat Aston Villa 2-1 in the League Cup final on March 1st at Wembley, a couple of weeks before the coronavirus pandemic stopped everything.
We play City on Sunday night at 6:30pm in an empty St. James’ Park, so we will not have the advantage of a 52,000 sold-out crowd.
Former Liverpool star Mark Lawrenson doesn’t think we stand much of a chance against the reigning Premier League Champions and League Cup winners from last season.
This is what the BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson (shown above) has said about the game:
“If Newcastle had held on to beat Aston Villa in the league on Wednesday, they would be totally safe on 41 points and could have focused fully on this tie.”
“They have already drawn with Manchester City once at St James’ Park this season and you would be thinking they can have a real go at them.”
“As it is, there is still that element of doubt about them staying up and, although I still think the Magpies will survive, boss Steve Bruce will probably see Wednesday’s league trip to struggling Bournemouth as the priority.”
“City are the FA Cup holders and I am sure they will take this tie seriously, but they made eight changes on Monday night and outclassed Burnley. Whatever team they put out, it will be too strong for Newcastle.”
Lawro’s prediction: 0-3
It’s very hard to see Newcastle being drawn into a relegation struggle this season when we are 12 points above the drop zone with only 7 games to play.
We would need to completely collapse and lose almost every game for that to happen, and it won’t.
Of that we are sure.