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FA Cup

  • 5 January 2013
  • • 12:30
  • • The American Express Community Stadium, Falmer, East Sussex
  • Referee: L. Probert
  • • Attendance: 21740

Brighton - Newcastle Preview: Magpies seek revenge after fourth-round exit last season

Brighton - Newcastle Preview: Magpies seek revenge after fourth-round exit last season

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The Premier League club travel to the Championship outfit with a point to prove as Pardew's men look to make amends for last year's FA Cup defeat against Poyet's side



Lopez, Greer, El-Abd, Bridge
Bridcutt, Hammond, Orlandi
LuaLua, Mackail-Smith, Barnes

Perch, Williamson, Collocini, Santon
Bigirimana, Tiote, Marveaux
Sammy Ameobi, Cisse, Obertan

Brighton will be looking to capitalise on a weakened Newcastle team - yet to win away from home this season - as Gus Poyet's side aim to knock the Premier League side out of the FA Cup for the second season running.

The Seagulls' will look to their in-form striker Craig Mackail-Smith for goals, the striker has netted 11 times this season in The Championship.

Mackail-Smith will be joined in the attack by ex-Newcastle player Kazenga LuaLua, with the experienced Ashley Barnes alongside the pair.

Alan Pardew will possibly rotate his regular first team, although his side's current injury crisis hasn't given the Newcastle boss much room to tinker.

New signing Mathieu Debuchy is not available to make his debut despite completing his move from Lille on Friday, while fellow Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) and Yohan Cabaye (groin) are also both unavailable.

Defenders Stephen Taylor (hamstring) and Danny Simpson (broken toe) will also miss the game.

Pardew has hinted that attacker Sammy Ameobi may get a start after a strong performance off the bench against Everton.

  • Brighton reached the FA Cup final in 1983 against Manchester United, after drawing 2-2 the game went to a replay and Brighton were heavily beaten 4-0.
  • Attacker Kazenga LuaLua spent his early years in the Newcastle youth system and made eight senior appearances scoring zero goals.
  • Brighton defeated Saturday's opponents 1-0 in January 2012, Mike Williamson scoring an own goal to give the Seagulls the FA Cup fourth-round victory.
  • This is the 18th time Newcastle have played Brighton, and the sixth time in the FA Cup.
  • The Magpies are still yet to win after going a goal behind since Alan Pardew took over as manager.
  • The club's long-serving goalkeeper Steve Harper joined Brighton in October 2011 on a one-month loan spell, playing five times for the club.
  • Newcastle are yet to win away from home in the Premier League this season.

Players to watch

C. Mackail-Smith

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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If Brighton are to knock out the Premier League outfit, they will be looking to star striker Craig Mackail-Smith. The Scotland international has scored 11 times in 22 appearances – almost half of his team’s goals - this season and will be looking to pounce on Newcastle's vulnerable defence.

G. Bigirimana

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Newcastle will need to win the midfield battle in order to stop Brighton's creative players attacking Newcastle's makeshift back four. Youngster Gael Bigirimana - if given the chance - has the ability to keep the ball, tackle and orchestrate possession for the Magpies.

Editor's Prediction

Brighton will fancy their chances playing at home against a currently under-achieving Newcastle side.

However, Newcastle have far superior talent at their disposal if Pardew chooses to play his strongest side so the Premier League outfit cannot be underestimated.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

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