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MATCH PREVIEW – Newcastle United vs Cambridge United: Sell-out expected at St James Park for FA Cup third round clash



Newcastle United play host to League One side Cambridge United in the third round of the FA Cup, with a sell-out expected at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Magpies announced the first signing under the new Saudi-regime on Friday morning as Keiran Trippier’s move from Atletico Madrid was confirmed for a transfer fee of £12million, plus add-ons.

Howe’s side haven’t played since their impressive performance against Manchester United at home on the 27th December, with the hosts unfortunate not to take all three points after the 1-1 draw.

Joelinton had his best game in the black and white, dominating in the centre of the park. As did Ryan Fraser who has performed well since the arrival of Howe and showed full commitment with his intensity and pressure against the Red Devils.

As the Magpies currently sit in 19th place, having won just once in the first half of the campaign and conceding the joint-most goals in the Premier League, the FA cup will be down the list of priorities for Eddie Howe.

Newcastle face a great challenge to avoid relegation and having lost their star striker Callum Wilson to a calf injury last time out, it’s important the club don’t suffer any other setbacks to key players.

However, a home FA Cup tie against opposition two division below offers an ideal opportunity to gain some momentum for the relegation battle and in-front of a 52,000 sell-out its hard to imagine the game being unimportant.

Newcastle have lifted the FA Cup on six occasions down the years but have not tasted success in the competition since 1955, most recently bowing out to 14-time winners Arsenal in the third round of the 2020-21 edition and failing to make it past the quarter-finals since 2005.

A comfortable win and minutes under the belt of some key players will be the objective for Saturday and having not played in over ten days, the Magpies will be looking to build on the performance against Man Utd and head into their next Premier League fixtures as fresh as possible.

Howe’s side face: Watford (H), Leeds (A) and Everton (H) in their next three league games and will be hoping to collect a substantial tally of points to add to the 11 already achieved which has left them 2 points adrift of Burnley in 17th who also have two games in hand.

Cambridge have already sent Northampton Town and Exeter City packing from this season’s FA Cup, although they needed a replay to overcome the former in the first round, but they have not made it past this stage of the competition since being beaten by Manchester United in the fourth round of the 2014-15 edition.

The U’s sit 16th in League One, 9 points above the relegation zone and have very little to play for in terms of league position come the end of the season.

However, their tie with Premier League opposition gives the supporters and players something to look forward to as the club experiences one of the highest attendances it has ever faced.

Newcastle have a poor recent record in the FA cup and have the threat of relegation hanging over them, meaning they’re unlikely to prioritise the game as highly as Cambridge who will be looking to pull-off an upset come 3pm.




  • This is the first FA Cup meeting between the two sides and the first match featuring Newcastle and Cambridge since 1993 where the Magpies came out 3-0 winners in the second tier.
  • Newcastle have progressed from their last five games against lower league opposition in the FA Cup, having lost three in a row before this.
  • Cambridge have reached the fourth round of the FA Cup in just one of the last 21 campaigns, doing so in 2014-15.


Wilson’s injury seems worse than first hoped and could see him miss the majority of the second half of the season.

Karl Darlow, Ciaran Clark, Joe Willock and Matt Ritchie were believed to have been affected by Newcastle’s COVID-19 outbreak at the end of 2021, but all four could theoretically return here upon the completion of their self-isolation periods.

Paul Dummett, Isaac Hayden, Federico Fernandez and Jamal Lewis all remain out of contention through injury, while doubts persist over the availability of Ryan Fraser and exciting French winger Allan Saint-Maximin.

With the importance of retaining their Premier League status come the end of the season, Newcastle are unlikely to have the FA Cup high up their list of priorities and therefore Howe is expected to name a weaker side as players on the periphery of the squad are likely to get a chance to impress the new boss.

As for the visitors, midfielder Sam Smith saw red for two bookable offences in the draw with Portsmouth and will sit this one out.

Greg Taylor, Shilow Tracey and Lloyd Jones remain out for the long-term with injuries. Conor Masterson has also returned to parent club Queens Park Rangers.


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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United



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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..


“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”


Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.


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Which Newcastle Players Are Going To The World Cup?




The FIFA World Cup in Qatar gets underway next week and here are all the Newcastle players involved in the tournament

Callum Wilson (England)

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson is a player that has consistently shown the quality to earn a spot in an England squad at a major tournament but has sadly had his chances diminished by injuries in the past.

However, Wilson is currently injury free and is on the plane to Qatar! The Coventry City academy graduate averages a goal every 130 minutes in the Premier League this season, which is the second-best return of all English players behind Harry Kane.

The 30-year-old may have to bide his time for an opportunity due to England captain Harry Kane being the first-choice striker. That said, Wilson gives Gareth Southgate a great alternative should England find themselves chasing a game.

Kieran Trippier (England)

Gareth Southgate has always been very fond of Kieran Trippier’s abilities and what he brings to a team. For example, in Euro 2020 Southgate opted to play Trippier at left-back ahead of a more natural option in Ben Chilwell due to the 32-year-old’s experience and leadership qualities.

Trippier brings bags of experience at major tournaments after reaching the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020.

With injuries at right-back to the likes of Reece James and uncertainty around the fitness of Kyle Walker, Trippier could start at right wing-back in England’s World Cup opener against Iran.

Nick Pope (England)

The last player to complete The Magpies’ England trio is Nick Pope. Toon’s No.1 has been outstanding since arriving from Burnley in the Summer and has earnt his place in England’s World Cup squad.

Pope has the joint most clean sheets in the Premier League this season (6) alongside Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson and fellow England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

It remains to be seen if Gareth Southgate picks Pope to be his first-choice goalkeeper in Qatar ahead of Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale. Pope started both of England’s last games in the Nations League back in September.

Bruno Guimarães (Brazil)

Moving to South America and the favourites to win the competition, Brazil. Bruno Guimarães has been one of Newcastle’s stand-out players this season and has deservedly earned himself a spot in Brazil’s very competitive World Cup Squad.

Guimarães has statistically been the best midfielder in the Premier League so far this season and will be hoping his performances have done enough to earn him a start against Serbia in Brazil’s opening fixture.

That said, Brazil manager Adenor Leonardo Bacchi has predominantly played with a midfield two of Manchester United duo, Casemiro and Fred at the base of the Brazilian midfield.

Fabian Schär (Switzerland)

The Magpies’ centre-back has been in great form alongside Sven Botman at the heart of Newcastle’s defence this season and will be hoping to continue his form in Qatar.

Schär has some tough competition in his position in the form of Manchester City centre-back Manuel Akanji and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Nico Elvedi.

Switzerland find themselves in the same group as tournament favourites Brazil, which will see Schär reunited with Toon teammate Bruno Guimarães in Gameweek 2.

Who didn’t make the squad?

The most surprising player to not make their country’s squad is Sven Botman. The former Lille centre-back has been a major part of why Newcastle has the Premier League’s best defence so far this campaign.

Louis van Gaal has a great pool of centre-backs available to him and opted for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij and Nathan Ake over Botman.

Another Toon player with World Cup disappointment is Joelinton, who has failed to follow Bruno Guimarães on the plane to Qatar.

Joelinton has been a revelation under Eddie Howe following his remarkable transformation from a striker to a box-to-box midfielder. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Joelinton this year.

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What We Learnt (Spurs 1-2 Newcastle)



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Newcastle United were victorious at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday, winning 2-1 and now sit fourth in the Premier League. This is the first time they’ve been there at this stage of the season in 10 years.


Goals from Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron were enough to scare away any chances of a second-half Spurs comeback. That’s six goals for Miggy in what is now his best-ever season for goals in black and white.


With 21 points, just five behind Manchester City and seven behind current league leaders Arsenal, the Toon are looking better than ever, but what did the victory yesterday tell us?


Toon are charging for Europe


If you didn’t believe it at the start of the season you should now. Eddie Howe has transformed Newcastle into a team with a winning mentality with a real sense of togetherness in a squad who are willing to battle for one another, week in and week out.


Very few teams will travel to London this season and manage to come away with a point, never mind three when playing Spurs. Not only this game, however, but Man City (3-3), Liverpool (2-1) and Brentford (5-1) have also shown that Howe and his side mean business this season and are willing to go toe to toe with some of the very best teams, coaches and players in the world. 


In his first signing interview, Sven Botman said, “Newcastle wants to reach the top and the top is in the league and, at the end, maybe in Europe.” Maybe he didn’t specifically mean this season but now he and the rest of his teammates should believe that they have a real chance of playing European football next season.


Almiron transformation shouldn’t go unnoticed


Almiron made 30 appearances last season in the league and finished with just one goal and no assists. Now, after just 12 games and six goals, the Paraguayan is already on course to smash his previous goal-scoring records which have seen him accumulate nine Premier League goals over the course of four seasons. 


Loved by the fans and with the full support of his teammates, it can only get better for the Paraguayan at this point. His goal against Tottenham showed the dribbling, flair and finishing quality he withholds, something that Steve Bruce and Rafael Benitez could never get out of him.


Eddie Howe must be awarded credit for this development, as with the current budget the club has, he could’ve easily found a replacement in the summer. But, just like Joelinton, Miggy has cemented his spot in Newcastle’s starting eleven and is proving every week why he deserves to be there.


Wilson & Burn should be considered by Southgate 


On TalkSport recently, Neil Warnock warned Gareth Southgate saying his loyalty to players might be his downfall and said Dan Burn is “Mr Steady Eddie” referring to his versatility, being able to play left-back or centre-back.


Burn started 28 Premier League games last season and this season has 11 out of 12. His consistent dominating performances in Newcastle’s back line have put him into the conversation for a first-ever England call-up and I don’t think many would disagree. With John Stoned injured, Harry Maguire and Tyrone Mings not in good form and not getting regular game time, Gareth Southgate’s defensive decisions should now be a lot more challenging.


Callum Wilson has proved yet again his abilities as a top Premier League striker. His goal against Spurs not only put him in the headlines over England captain Harry Kane but also made it four in eight for the English man this season who has averaged 2.8 shots per game with an average scoring frequency of 162 minutes. 


With no clear-cut backup striker to Kane, is Wilson ahead of Ivan Toney and Tammy Abraham in the race to be England’s number two striker?


So, what do you think? Do Newcastle have a serious chance at European football next season, can Almiron stay at his best and should Wilson and Burn be considered for a World Cup call-up?


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