Newcastle United side face Sheffield Wednesday in the Third Round of the oldest football competition in the world as Eddie Howe looks to land a first major trophy in 53 years for the trophy-chasing Toon who are now equipped to do so since the takeover.
Once upon a time, the Geordies dominated The FA Cup winning the famous trophy six times on total including three times in five years in the 1950s and played in five finals 1905-1911 winning just one but it could be seventh time lucky for Newcastle this year:
Sheff Wed have a history of their own in the competition, winning ol' big ears as it is referred to on 3 occasions - 1896, 1907 & 1935 - last making the Final inspired by former Newcastle star Chris Waddle in 1993 when they were beaten by Arsenal after a replay:
Newcastle have their own history with Arsenal in The FA Cup finals, defeating The Gunners to win the competition in the 1932 Final but losing the 1998 final to Arsene Wenger's men yet Eddie Howe reiterated his desire for his players to make their own history at the northern club that can last the generations:
Last match, The Magpies drew and took a point off Arsenal to stop the runaway Gunners title train as Howe's men becoming the first side to stop Mikel Arteta's side both scoring and winning at The Emirates Stadium in The Premier League this season:
It was at times a tempestuous affair with nine bookings and managers clashing on the touchline but no goals and Howe seemed happier with the point than Arteta, who disgraced himself with petulant touchlines haranguing the 4th official throughout and labelling the referees 'scandalous' afterwards for two rejected penalty appeals:
Yet neither alleged 'scandalous' spot kick was given with RefWatch's Dermot Gallagher agreeing with the officials' decisions on both and it would have been Newcastle with another grievance had either been awarded despite Gabriel's Twitter protests:
Following Napoli's loss to Inter Milan this week, Newcastle now have the longest unbeaten streak in Europe's Top Five Leagues at 13 games so far and Eddie Howe will be very keen to continue this excellent run.
Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, are enjoying their own 13-game unbeaten run and flying high second place in League One under the guidance of Darren Moore, the former West Bromwich Albion manager who has Premier League experience after taking temporary charge of The Baggies following Alan Pardew's sacking and won the coveted Manager of the Month award after going unbeaten and beating Man United awa in April 2018, an award which proved the ultimate MOTM curse when WBA were relegated the same day he won the award:
Last week no less, The Owls beat Cambridge United 5-0, the side who knocked Newcastle United out of last season's FA Cup competition at St James' Park in Eddie Howe's lowest moment since joining the club although with The Magpies deep in relegation trouble, Howe said in his presser he could see "the bigger picture".
That win extended Sheff Wed's own unbeaten run to 13 games so it's the clash of teams with proud unbeaten runs at Hillsborough and will be an exciting Premier League vs League One clash live on BBC One so Eddie Howe will be loathe to slip up on a potential banana skin and spoke of his players "professionalism" & "desire" to avoid that Fate:
Howe revealed Magpies record signing Sweden international striker Alexander Isak could feature in the game:
..and Allan Saint-Maximin sent his own warning on social media to future opponents:
It sounds like an in-the-mood Newcastle will do their job and move on victorious to their Quarter-Final Carabao Cup clash vs Leicester City on Tuesday night at St. James' Park.
Prediction - Newcastle 3 Sheff Wed 1