Manchester City's defence of the FA Cup resumes on Sunday with a trip to St. James' Park.
On the other hand, City have had a mixed return. Pep Guardiola's men recorded convincing wins at home to Arsenal and Burnley, but saw their title hopes – such as they were – officially ended by a 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
Where to Watch
When Is Kick Off? Sunday 28th June
What Time Is Kick Off? 18:30 (BST)
Where Is it Played? St. James' Park
TV Channel/Live Stream? BBC One (UK), ESPN (US)
Referee? Lee Mason
? Steve Bruce will speak with the media this morning as he looks ahead to Sunday's #EmiratesFACup quarter final against Manchester City.— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 26, 2020
We'll bring you updates from 9.30am. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/GvEiZwaDjW
With the Magpies being 12 points clear of relegation, and ten points off the top six – that is to say, with nothing left to play for in the league – there's no reason for Steve Bruce not to put out a strong lineup.
Bruce may be without midfielders Isaac Hayden and Matt Ritchie. The latter went off injured in the draw against Villa, while Bruce has admitted that former Arsenal youngster Hayden may miss out with an issue of his own.
SB on injuries:— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 26, 2020
"We'll see how they [Hayden and Ritchie] are today. It's a big training session today as yesterday was just a recovery day. We'd be kidding ourselves if we didn't think we'd pick up soft tissue injuries so we'll see how we are over the next 24-48 hours." pic.twitter.com/VziqpTckS8
Man City will also likely be putting out a strong side after their title defence was finished with this week's defeat against Chelsea.
The away side will be without Fernandinho following his red card against Chelsea, while record goalscorer Sergio Aguero will be out for the rest of the season with the knee injury suffered in the win against Burnley.
Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez is likely to be rested, being the only City player to start all three games since the restart.
Newcastle United: Dubravka; Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Rose; Almiron, Shelvey, Bentaleb, Saint-Maximin; Gayle, Joelinton.
Manchester City: Ederson; Cancelo, Laporte, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Rodri, De Bruyne, Foden; Bernardo Silva, Jesus, Sterling.
Newcastle have made a strong return to football, picking up a win and a draw so far. However, they have hobbled through the FA Cup, needing replays to beat League One sides Rochdale and Oxford United before defeating Championship promotion chasers West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
City made an emphatic return, scoring eight while conceding none while demolishing Arsenal and Burnley. That was halted by the defeat to Chelsea. The Citizens are also yet to face Premier League opposition in this competition yet, having beaten Port Vale, Fulham, and Sheffield Wednesday to reach this stage.
This is how both sides have fared in their previous five games.
Newcastle 1-1 Aston Villa (24/6)
Newcastle 3-0 Sheffield United (21/6)
Southampton 0-1 Newcastle (7/3)
West Brom 2-3 Newcastle (3/3)
Newcastle 0-0 Burnley (29/2)
Chelsea 2-1 Manchester City (25/6)
Manchester City 5-0 Burnley (22/6)
Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal (17/6)
Manchester United 2-0 Manchester City (8/3)
Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Manchester City (4/3)
With their league seasons all but over, both sides will go into this one fully motivated. City's enormously talented squad obviously makes them favourites, although Newcastle will feel like they can get a result, having not lost to Guardiola's side in their last two home meetings.
Prediction: Newcastle 1-3 Manchester City
Source : 90min