Our prediction for this FA Cup match:
Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United, the two old rivals, face each other at Hillsborough Stadium in the FA Cup last 64. The Owls are on the right track to return to the Championship, and, no doubt, their display in a 5-0 crushing of Cambridge United is giving fans a reason for optimism. Both Michael Smith and Josh Windass impressed in the last league match, meaning that the opposition back-line should have the duo at bay.
The Magpies, on the other hand, did well to hold Arsenal to a goalless draw at Emirates Stadium, with the team retaining their spot in top four. Newcastle have big ambitions for the 2022/2023 FA Cup campaign as well, but beating Wednesday on the road is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that punters from all around the world can find value in betting on draw. Jonjo Shelvey remains in the treatment room, while Saturday’s clash comes too early for Alexander Isak.
Highlighted Player (Reece James):
Reece James is a talented Chelsea defender who plays for Wigan Athletic on loan. Born in Redbridge, England on December 8, 1999, James started his youth career at Chelsea football academy at the age of 6. The talented teenager played for England U18 and U19 teams and he currently represents the U20 team on the international stage.
Reece James scored 3 goals in 45 appearances for Wigan in the 2018/2019 Championship campaign, but that did not help the Latics avoid relegation to the League One. His numbers from the 2018/2019 season are impressive as he completed 91 successful tackles, 54 blocks, 44 successful dribbles and 93 clearances.
James, on the other hand, has yet to find the net for the England U20 national team. His main position is right back, but he is capable of playing as both centre-back and defensive midfielder as well. Reece James turned professional in March 2017.
Highlighted Team (Newcastle):
Newcastle United failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and, as a result, they dropped to the English second tier. The Magpies will host their rivals at their St. James’ Park in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign and it has to be noted that the capacity of the stadium is 52,354.
Newcastle United have won four domestic trophies (1904/1905, 1906/1907, 1908/1909, 1926/1927), while lifting six FA Cup titles (1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1955) and a number of star players were part of the St. James’ Park outfit in the past.
David Ginola, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Nolberto Solano, Gary Speed, Obafemi Martins and Kevin Nolan are notable footballers who are still remembered at the club. Newcastle’s fiercest rivals are Sunderland and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Tyne-Wear derby. The color of Newcastle’s home kit is black and white.