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Albion v Newcastle match preview

3 March 2020

Albion have the opportunity to reach the last eight of the FA Cup when Newcastle United visit The Hawthorns on Tuesday night (ko 8pm).

Newcastle tickets on general sale 

Newcastle United

Their last FA Cup outing

Newcastle beat Oxford United 3-2 after extra-time in a replay at the Kassam Stadium to reach the fifth-round of the FA Cup for the first time in 14 years.

The Toon went two goals ahead through Sean Longstaff's 15th-minute drive and Joelinton's composed finish, but Oxford made a late fight-back to level the scores through Liam Kelly's 20-yard free-kick and a brilliant Nathan Holland volley.

In extra-time it was Newcastle who eventually prevailed, Allan Saint-Maximin firing home a superb strike in the 116th minute to set up the tie at The Hawthorns.

NEWCASTLE: Darlow; Schär, Lascelles, Lejeune (Clark 97); Yedlin, S Longstaff, M Longstaff, Bentaleb (Atsu 103), Ritchie; Joelinton (Saint-Maximin 37), Almirón (Hayden 90).

Substitutes: Elliot, Fernández, Allan.

In the dugout

Boyhood Toon fan Steve Bruce became Newcastle’s manager in July after stepping down as Sheffield Wednesday boss.

Since then, his men have clocked up 32 Premier League points and sit five points above the relegation zone.

Bruce played more than 300 games for Manchester United as a player and has been in management for over two decades, taking charge of a number of clubs including Crystal Palace, Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Sunderland and Aston Villa.

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One to watch

Saint-Maximin has made 17 Premier League appearances for Newcastle this season and has impressed in his first spell in English football.

The 22-year-old Frenchman has netted two goals for the club since he signed from Nice, one in the Premier League and one against Oxford United in the FA Cup, and also claimed an assist.

Our last meeting

Matt Phillips' 29th-minute strike was the difference when the two teams last faced each other.

The Baggies came away 1-0 winners at St James' Park in that Premier League clash back in April 2018, with the sides playing out a 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns earlier in the campaign.

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Stats

Albion

• The Baggies have won five of their last seven games (P7, W5, D1, L1).

• Albion last reached an FA Cup quarter-final in the 2014-15 season.

• Slaven Bilić’s men have kept back-to-back clean sheets in the world's oldest cup competition, winning 1-0 at both Charlton and West Ham.

Newcastle

• The Magpies have won just once from their last five trips to The Hawthorns (P5, W1, D2, L2). 

• In the last ten meetings between the sides, neither team has scored three or more goals in a game. In that time, Albion have found the net nine times, while Newcastle have scored 11.

• Steve Bruce’s Toon haven’t won any of their last five Premier League games (P5, W0, D3, L2).

Head to head

 

Albion wins

Draws

Newcastle wins

League

43

34

45

FA Cup

3

0

1

League Cup

2

0

0

Total

48

34

46

Our man to watch

Bilić confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Kieran Gibbs will return from injury against Newcastle on Tuesday night.

The left-back has been out since New Year's Day but is in line for an outing at The Hawthorns.

He's lifted the FA Cup on two occasions with Arsenal (2013/14, 2014/15) and has made 32 appearances in the competition, scoring once.

Best of social

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Ticket news

Tickets purchased on matchday are priced £20 adults and £10 under-18s.

All tickets can be purchased in-person at the East Stand ticket office, online at wbatickets.co.uk or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Prices:

Adults £20
Under-18s £10

If the cup tie is level after 90 minutes it will progress to extra-time and, if necessary, penalties to determine a winner on the night.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Newcastle is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games.

iFollow subscribers can join Gez Mulholland and Andy Johnson for Baggies-biased live commentary on Tuesday.

Supporters who have an iFollow subscription may be able to live stream the game depending on where they are located around the world. To find out, click here.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

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