This is the team we predict Steve Bruce will select for today’s FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester City. It has 8 changes from the Aston Villa draw and is a mix of forced changes and rotation.
Newcastle could have up to seven Magpies unavailable this evening, with two confirmed out. Three players who played against Sheffield and Villa face late fitness tests in Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden, and Jonjo Shelvey.
The Longstaff brothers will be assessed after being unavailable this past week. If they are unavailable along with Shelvey and Hayden, Bruce could find himself short in midfield.
Manchester City are also sweating out a couple of late fitness tests and will not have Sergio Aguero available due to a knee injury.
Ciaran Clark – foot, Florian Lejeune – undisclosed, Matty Longstaff – thigh (late fitness test), Sean Longstaff – knock (late fitness test), Matt Ritchie – thigh (late fitness test), Isaac Hayden – knock (late fitness test), Jonjo Shelvey – knock (late fitness test)
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Sergio Aguero – knee, John Stones – ankle, Joao Cancelo – knock, Claudio Bravo – thigh (late fitness test), Phil Foden – thigh (late fitness test), Eric Garcia – concussion (late fitness test), Fernandinho – red card suspension
Our poll shows that our readers aren’t too confident of advancing to the semi-finals. About 2/3s of the voters think we’ll be knocked out of the FA Cup this evening.
The lads fought for an unlikely draw against City in November. However, it’s a pity this one will be played at an empty St James Park. But we expect they’ll be up for the occasion none the less.
Hopefully, they can get the result we’re all hoping for this evening.