Tip Newcastle - Rochdale
Newcastle United fans aren't used to long runs in the FA Cup and haven't got past the fourth round since 2006. This season's campaign got off to a shaky start when they were held to a 1-1 draw away at League One Rochdale. Now comes the replay and with home advantage, United will be hoping to get through to the next round where they would face League One side Oxford United at home. Newcastle have had an up and down season and after climbing into the top ten of the Premier League, slipped again with three straight league defeats. Their last two games have both ended in 1-1 draws, first the cup tie and then a draw at Wolves on Saturday. leaving them 13th in the Premier League. United's home form is good though and over 90 minutes had been unbeaten in nine games before defeats by Everton and Leicester City.
Rochdale are 18th in League One and six points above the relegation zone. Last time they had a good cup run in 2018 they were in even deeper trouble but survived. On that occasion, they held Spurs to a home draw but lost the away replay 6-1. Rochdale are playing their sixth FA Cup tie of the season having had to go to replays against non-league sides Wrexham and Boston United. The League One side have won their last two fixtures but have lost two of their last three away games. Newcastle won't play a full-strength side of course but should still have enough to win this game and lead at both half and full time.
Key points Newcastle - Rochdale
Over 90 minutes, Newcastle have only lost two of their last 11 home games.
Rochdale have lost two of their last three away matches.
Rochdale have struggled to get this far having to go to replays to get past two non-league sides.
Conclusion Newcastle - Rochdale
Home games against Rochdale and Oxford stand between Newcastle and the fifth round of the FA Cup. Their form continues to be inconsistent but home form is pretty good this season. Rochdale are struggling in League One and had problems against non-league sides to get this far. Their away form isn't great and Newcastle can get the win here and lead at both half and full time.
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Newcastle Rochdale Prediction published on January 11, 2020