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Newcastle v Rochdale preview, predictions & confirmed XIs as Jamaal Lascelles returns

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 18:45, 14 January 2020

Newcastle United host Rochdale in an FA Cup third-round replay on Tuesday evening.

Steve Bruce’s men thought they had secured safe passage into the fourth round with Miguel Almiron’s goal but were pegged back late on by Aaron Wilbraham at the Crown Oil Arena.

It means an extra game that could have been avoided for the Premier League side, with a home tie against Oxford United awaiting the winner.

Read on for our Newcastle v Rochdale preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Newcastle vs Rochdale and where can I watch live?

Competition: FA Cup

Venue: St. James’ Park

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Kick-off: 7:45 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): N/A

Form Guide

Newcastle (DDLLL)

11 January 2020: Wolves 1-1 Newcastle (Premier League)

04 January 2020: Rochdale 1-1 Newcastle (FA Cup)

01 January 2020: Newcastle 0-3 Leicester City (Premier League)

28 December 2019: Newcastle 1-2 Everton (Premier League)

26 December 2019: Man Utd 4-1 Newcastle (Premier League)

Rochdale (WDWLL)

11 January 2020: Rochdale 2-0 Bolton (League One)

04 January 2020: Rochdale 1-1 Newcastle Utd (FA Cup)

01 January 2020: Accrington Stanley 1-2 Rochdale (League One)

29 December 2019: Gillingham 1-0 Rochdale (League One)

26 December 2019: Rochdale 2-3 Fleetwood Town (League One)

Ones to watch

Newcastle Utd: Joelinton

It’s not been an easy first season for Newcastle’s record signing Joelinton. To date the Brazilian has managed to score once and was guilty of missed opportunities in the first game against Rochdale. However, manager Steve Bruce has retained faith in the Brazilian who will be hoping to make amends tonight.

Key stat: Joelinton has now gone 1,537 minutes without a goal for Newcastle across all competitions.

Rochdale: Oliver Rathbone

A number of Rochdale players stood out against Newcastle last time out, most notably former Man Utd academy Oliver Rathbone. The 23-year-old was unlucky not to have found the back of the net and will be expected to be a threat from midfield.

Key stat: Rathbone had five shots against Newcastle in the first game, hitting the target three times – more than any Rochdale other player.

Team news

Newcastle Utd

Jack Colback, Allan Saint-Maximin and Yoshinori Muto all remain absent for Newcastle but Steve Bruce has welcomed back Jamall Lascelles and Matt Ritchie.

Confirmed XI: Darlow; Ritchie, Lascelles, Lejeune, Krafth; Hayden, S Longstaff, M Longstaff, Atsu; Almiron; Joelinton.

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Brian Barry-Murphy has a full squad of players to choose from. Aaron Wilbraham, who came off the bench to set-up this game, starts this evening.

Confirmed XI: Sánchez; Norrington-Davies, Dooley, O’Connell, Williams; Camps, Keohane; Wilbraham, Ryan, Henderson, Matheson.

Squawka prediction

Newcastle had only themselves to blame for this game taking place especially when it looked like they were cruising into the fourth round. Steve Bruce’s men will have learnt their lesson and should prove too much for their League One opponents.

Scoreline prediction: Newcastle 2-0 Rochdale