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Miguel Almiron scored twice as Newcastle beat West Brom to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals

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TEAM NEWS

Nabil Bentaleb is suspended for Newcastle after accumulating two yellow cards in the FA Cup.

The Magpies will monitor Matty and Sean Longstaff, while Matt Ritchie and Isaac Hayden are also injury doubts.

Fernandinho is banned for Manchester City, while Sergio Aguero remains out.

City will assess Phil Foden and Joao Cancelo, neither of whom were fit enough to be involved against Chelsea, while John Stones, Claudio Bravo and Eric Garcia will also be monitored.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

@Guymowbray: Newcastle United devotees were within their rights to raise an eyebrow this week at all the talk about Liverpool’s ‘long wait’ to win the title again.

Thirty years? 30 years?! Try SIXTY FIVE without a domestic trophy of any sort. That’s a long wait.

Without forensic statistical analysis to back it up, it MUST be the longest time without success of any club worldwide with a remotely similar-size fan base.

Despite their own ever increasing collection of silverware, Manchester City supporters of any proper vintage can fully empathise. Until their FA Cup win of 2011, they’d experienced 35 long years of winning nothing after beating Newcastle in the 1976 League Cup final.

The symmetry of this meeting continues with it being City who Newcastle vanquished to lift their last ‘home’ trophy – this same FA Cup in 1955, largely thanks to the legendary ‘Wor’ Jackie Milburn. Such deeds in a black and white shirt get statues built.

So, what are Newcastle’s chances of going one step closer this time? In possibility terms, yes, they could. They’ve re-started okay, and can point to holding City to a draw at the end of November and beating them at home last season.

In probability terms it’s an away win all day. Ahead of giving a ‘guard of honour’ next week to the team that’s taken their Premier League title away, Pep Guardiola’s players will want to make sure they could still win everything else.

LAWRO’S PREDICTION

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.

Prediction: 0-3

Lawro’s full predictions for the weekend

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • The sides have been paired together in the FA Cup eight times, with Newcastle winning six of those ties.
  • The last two FA Cup meetings, in 1995 and 2002, produced home wins for Newcastle.
  • Manchester City’s only FA Cup victory at St James’ Park came in the fourth round in 1977, when Joe Royle was amongst the scorers in a 3-1 triumph.

Newcastle United

  • Newcastle have not eliminated the FA Cup holders since 1957 – though that was against Manchester City, who they beat 5-4 after extra time in a third-round replay at Maine Road.
  • The Magpies are through to this stage for the first time since 2006, when they lost 1-0 at Chelsea.
  • Their last quarter-final win was against Tottenham in 2005, courtesy of a Patrick Kluivert goal.
  • The Magpies have scored 11 FA Cup goals this season, more than any other top-flight side prior to the quarter-finals.
  • Miguel Almiron has scored four goals in his five FA Cup appearances, compared to two in 40 Premier League games.

Manchester City

  • Manchester City have won their past nine FA Cup games, scoring 35 goals and conceding just four times.
  • City could lose three consecutive away games in league and cup for the first time since October 2016.
  • Bernardo Silva has four goals and four assists in his last 10 FA Cup appearances.

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