Newcastle United will be hoping to reach the FA Cup fifth round for the first time since 2006 when they travel to Oxford United in midweek.
The Magpies were held to a goalless draw when these sides met in the fourth round at St James’ Park, with League One side Oxford United fighting strong to earn a replay.
Newcastle also needed a replay to get through the third round against lower-league opposition, eventually beating Rochdale of League One, although they had the benefit of playing the return game at home during that tie.
West Bromwich Albion awaits the winner in the fifth round, a match scheduled for the first week on March at the Hawthorns.
Read on for our Oxford United vs Newcastle preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.
When is Oxford United vs Newcastle and where can I watch live?
Competition: FA Cup
Venue: Kassam Stadium
Date: Tuesday, 04 February 2020
Kick-off: 8:05 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): BBC One
Last five meetings: Oxford United vs Newcastle
25 January 2020: Newcastle 0-0 Oxford United (FA Cup)
28 January 2017: Oxford United 3-0 Newcastle (FA Cup)
06 May 1993: Newcastle 2-1 Oxford United (Division One)
28 December 1992: Oxford United 4-2 Newcastle (Division One)
01 February 1992: Oxford United 5-2 Newcastle (Division Two)
Aggregate Score: Oxford United (DWLWW) 13-6 Newcastle (DLWLL)
Ones to watch
Oxford United: Jamie Mackie
Oxford United’s side this season is a mix of experience and younger stars, and it is one of the older heads, James Henry, that leads the way.
The 30-year-old has been capable of hurting defences from across the midfield or in a more advanced position, scoring nine goals in 22 League One appearances.
However, the U’s will be without Henry for the visit of Newcastle, with the 30-year-old missing through injury. He has been replaced in the starting XI by veteran Jamie Mackie, who will be looking to make his mark against Premier League opposition.
In the summer, Newcastle looked to change their goalscoring fortunes by making Joelinton their record signing at £45m. But that just hasn’t happened.
The Brazilian has scored two goals in 28 games across all competitions for Newcastle so far, failing to net in the league since August. His most recent blank, against Norwich City at the weekend, brought strong criticism from Alan Shearer, who told Match of the Day: “Joelinton has no confidence whatsoever and basically never looks like scoring.”
Outside of Joelinton, Newcastle’s attacking options are very thin so the Brazilian is likely to start again in midweek. He scored in Newcastle’s last FA Cup replay against Rochdale, so could this be the time for Joelinton to get a confidence-boosting third goal?
Key stat: Joelinton has scored just one Premier League goal from 31 shots (excluding blocks) this season.
Confirmed Oxford United line-up
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Confirmed Newcastle line-up
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Oxford were fully deserving of their replay, frustrating Premier League side Newcastle at St James’ Park. But last time Newcastle were taken to a replay they managed to pull their finger out and beat Rochdale 4-1.
With Bruce having very few options other than to field a strong XI, Newcastle should just about have enough to beat Oxford but it will be close – and could even go the other way.