Watford v Newcastle – FA Cup Preview

This weekend brings back the abject misery for NUFC that is the FA Cup, but goalkeeper Rob Elliott is calling for a big win in an aim to build up confidence with a relegation fight looming and to get a cup run underway.

“To go on a cup run or win the FA Cup makes you a legend at this place,” Elliot told The Chronicle.

“That’s something we need to do. We have to give everything to win the Watford game.

“It also breeds confidence to take into the league if we win. I think it’s a brilliant game for us and we should attack it.

“It will kick-start the new year even more. If we take the confidence and attitude forward from Arsenal then hopefully that can only be a good thing for the club.

“It’s a tough game and we can’t think it’ll be easy to get on a cup run.

“To go to Watford away is probably one of the toughest draws you could ask for. But it’s a good test for us and hopefully, if we get a result we’ll get confidence from it.”

Team News

NUFC: Tim Krul, Steven Taylor, Papiss Cisse, Massadio Haidara, Gabriel Obertan and Vurnon Anita all remain unavailable.
Rolando Aarons, Emmanuel Riviere and Sylvain Marveaux
are back in training following injury, with winger Aarons expected to be in the squad that travels to Hertfordshire.
Jamaal Lascelles, Kevin Mbabu, Siem De Jong, and Yoan Gouffran are all in contention for a starting place, while a rare start for Florian Thauvin would seem logical.  

It remains to be seen whether Karl Darlow is recalled in place of Rob Elliot while Ivan Toney could feature for the first time since returning from loan at Barnsley.
Last season’s defeat at Leicester saw competitive senior debuts from the bench for Callum Roberts and Lubo Satka, but neither seem likely to reprise those roles this time round.

WFC: Nathan Ake is suspended, while Tommie Hoban and Joel Ekstrand miss out due to injury.


Roger East – a fourth appointment involving United this season, after the home league meetings with Watford and Stoke, followed by the victory at Spurs.

Stats: that may help with any of your weekend punts at William Hill football betting

It’s 11 games since we won away in the FA Cup: 

2014/15 3rd Leicester City lost 0-1
2012/13 3rd Brighton and Hove Albion lost 0-2
2011/12 4th Brighton and Hove Albion lost 0-1
2010/11 3rd Stevenage lost 1-3
2009/10 3rd Plymouth Argyle drew 0-0
2009/10 4th West Bromwich Albion lost 2-4
2008/09 3rd Hull City drew 0-0
2007/08 3rd Stoke City drew 0-0
2007/08 4th Arsenal lost 0-3
2006/07 3rd Birmingham City drew 2-2
2005/06 6th Chelsea lost 0-1
2005/06 4th Cheltenham Town won 2-0

Newcastle – last 10 3rd round ties:

2014/15 Leicester City (a) lost 0-1
2013/14 Cardiff City (h) lost 1-2
2012/13 Brighton and Hove Albion (a) lost 0-2
2011/12 Blackburn Rovers (h) won 2-1
2010/11 Stevenage (a) lost 1-3
2009/10 Plymouth Argyle (a) drew 0-0 (won replay)
2008/09 Hull City (a) drew 0-0 (lost replay)
2007/08 Stoke City (a) drew 0-0 (won replay)
2006/07 Birmingham City (a) drew 2-2 (lost replay)
2005/06 Mansfield Town (h) won 1-0

Hornets – last 10 3rd Round ties:

2005/06 Bolton Wanderers (h) lost 0-3
2006/07 Stockport County (h) won 4-1
2007/08 Crystal Palace (h) won 2-0
2008/09 Scunthorpe United (h) won 1-0
2009/10 Chelsea (a) lost 0-5
2010/11 Hartlepool United (h) won 4-1
2011/12 Bradford City (h) won 4-2
2012/13 Manchester City (a) lost 0-3
2013/14 Bristol City (a) drew 1-1
2014/15 Chelsea (a) lost 0-3

Magpies @ Vicarage Road – all-time:

2009/10 Won 2-1 Coloccini, Carroll
2006/07 Drew 1-1 Dyer
2006/07 Drew 2-2 (won 5-4 pens) Sibierski, Parker (FLC)
1999/00 Drew 1-1 Dabizas
1992/93 Lost 0-1
1991/92 Drew 2-2 Kelly, Hunt
1990/91 Won 2-1 Anderson, Quinn
1989/90 Drew 0-0
1988/89 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
1988/89 Drew 2-2 Brock, Mirandinha (FAC)
1988/89 Lost 1-2 McDonald (FMC)
1987/88 Drew 1-1 Anderson
1986/87 Lost 0-1
1985/86 Lost 1-4 OG
1984/85 Drew 3-3 Beardsley, Wharton, McDonald
1981/82 Won 3-2 Varadi, Todd 2
1980/81 Drew 0-0
1979/80 Lost 0-2
1978/79 Lost 1-2 Pearson (FLC)
1923/24 Won 1-0 Seymour (FAC)


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