Newcastle United are the 15th of the 16 FA Cup matches to take place this weekend.

Facing Chelsea on Sunday at Stamford Bridge with a 1.30pm kick-off, we wait to see if Newcastle can reach the heady heights of the fifth round for the first time since 2006.

Only the Cardiff v Manchester City follows the Chelsea v Newcastle encounter.

Saturday has seen 10 matches played and it has been good news for Newcastle.

Whilst I of course desperately want Newcastle to beat Chelsea tomorrow, I have to admit that any extra matches for relegation threatened teams has to be a bonus.

Brighton have gone through with a late winner at Middlesbrough (Newcastle are north east top dogs already then in FA Cup this season!), so they are guaranteed at least one more round/distraction of FA Cup football.

Even better, both Swansea and Huddersfield have drawn their third round games, meaning they have replays AND the possibility/probability of fifth round games as well.

Only West Ham have spoilt the afternoon, losing 2-0 at Wigan, though even they have the impressive Arthur Masuaku now set to miss three Premier League matches after getting a red card for spitting at an opponent.

Watford did lose as well but that was to fellow strugglers Southampton.

Hopefully Alan Pardew will play a typically strong FA Cup team and get a draw at Liverpool with West Brom tonight as well…

FA Cup 4th Round

Peterborough 1 Leicester 5

Huddersfield 1 Birmingham 1

Hull 2 Notts Forest 1

Middlesbrough 0 Brighton 1

Millwall 2 Rochdale 2

M K Dons 0 Coventry 1

Notts County 1 Swansea 1

Sheff Utd 1 Preston 0

Southampton 1 Watford 0

Wigan 2 West Ham 0

(Friday results)

Sheff Wed 3 Reading 1

Yeovil 0 Man Utd 4

Saturday late kick-offs

Newport v Tottenham (5.30pm)

Liverpool v West Brom (7.45pm)

Sunday kick-offs

Chelsea v Newcastle (1.30pm)

Cardiff v Man City (4pm)

Chelsea v Newcastle Match Betting:

Chelsea win 4/9Draw 7/2Newcastle win 6/1

NUFC win 2-0 50/1NUFC lead at half-time 11/2NUFC to score 2 or more goals 14/5

All Chelsea v Newcastle betting HERE

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  • TheNutJob

    heard a rumour a lot of clubs have blocked calls from Penfold to stop him embarrassing himself with daft bids

    • TheNutJob

      another rumour was that Leazes decided to get away from it all & have a quite weekend in Bates Motel

  • Simon Ritter

    A red card for spitting is generally a ban of six games, I believe. Even better than the extra matches for some of the lowest 12 teams are the injuries to Whammers and West Brom players. We need all the help going.

  • TheFatController

    Were we to beat Chelsea this round, there is only Man Utd, Man City, Spurs, Leicester and Huddersfield above us in the table still in….

  • HarryHype59

    This is as good as it gets under this regime! Hoping for an early exit from the FA cup, so the team can focus on the annual relegation battle.

    If anyone thinks this is acceptable, they can not be real Newcastle fans.