Mark Lawrenson claims that it is a case of split loyalties on Saturday.
The BBC pundit saying that in a ‘Perfect’ world it will be a draw when Oxford play Newcastle.
Lawrenson managed Oxford under the infamous owner Robert Maxwell, whilst he was defensive coach at Newcastle for a short period under Kevin Keegan.
Mark Lawrenson quotes his ‘Lou Reed day’ because if Oxford could get a draw then he sees they could make a lot of money from a replay.
The former Liverpool player talks about Oxford ‘upsetting’ Rotherham in the last round but just how much of an upset is it, when a club which is 12th in League One beats one which is absolutely rock bottom of the Championship?
Mark Lawrenson also quotes the fact that Premier League side Swansea City lost at Oxford a year ago, the Welsh side including a certain Jonjo Shelvey.
That proved to be Shelvey’s last game for the club as Newcastle signed him two days later.
Lawrenson predicts a 2-0 win for Newcastle and hopefully his prediction proves a bit easier to come true than any forecasts of Rafa’s team, the head says he will play a weakened team similar to the one in the FA Cup replay to Birmingham but the heart says that despite the demands of the Championship, the Newcastle Manager will put out a little bit of a stronger side to try and make sure of getting into the fifth round.
Oxford United v Newcastle United
“Oxford upset Rotherham in round three and, as a League Two side, they beat Swansea in last season’s FA Cup.
“So Newcastle will have to be careful – but I don’t expect too many slip-ups from the Magpies, who I think will create a lot of chances.
“I was Oxford’s manager in 1988, and became Newcastle’s defensive coach in 1996. I also used to play cricket with U’s assistant manager Derek Fazackerley, who was Keegan’s right-hand man with the Magpies – our running between the wickets was legendary.
“So I have links to both of these teams and, although I am going for a Newcastle win, my ‘Lou Reed day’ would be a draw.
“It would be a perfect day because the U’s would make a lot of money from the replay at St James Park.”