By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United begin their FA Cup campaign this season with a trip to Brighton and Hove Albion in the third round of the competition on Saturday (12.30pm kick-off).
The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of a 2-1 home defeat against Everton, and just two wins in 12 Premier League matches as they sit 15th in the top flight table.
Championship outfit Brighton triumphed last time out, easing to a 3-0 victory at Ipswich on New Year's Day, and are three points outside the play-off places.
When the sides met in the FA Cup last season, the Seagulls booked their place in the fifth round thanks to a late Mike Williamson own goal.
This is the 18th time Newcastle have played Brighton, and the sixth time in the FA Cup, which includes a third round replay in the 1982/83 season.
Newcastle's allocation for this match has sold out.
January 28, 2012 - Brighton 1 (Williamson og 76) Newcastle 0
Brighton (4-3-3): Peter Brezovan; Inigo Calderon, Lewis Dunk, Gordon Greer, Adam El-Abd; Jake Forster-Caskey (Ryan Harley 65), Liam Bridcutt, Matt Sparrow (Alan Navarro 46); Will Buckley, Craig Mackail-Smith (Will Hoskins 90), Ashley Barnes
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Davide Santon (Shane Ferguson 83); Danny Guthrie (Dan Gosling 83), Yohan Cabaye; Hatem Ben Arfa (Ryan Taylor 83), Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best; Shola Ameobi
FULL RECORD v BRIGHTON
P17 W7 D3 L7 F27 A18
(Last six games - all competitions)
Brighton - WLDDDL
Newcastle - LLLWLL
Brighton (v Ipswich, Championship): Tomasz Kuszczak; David Lopez, Adam El-Abd, Gordon Greer, Wayne Bridge; Dean Hammond, Liam Bridcutt, Andrea Orlandi (Will Hoskins 80); Ashley Barnes, Craig Mackail-Smith (Scott Dobbie 85), Kazenga LuaLua (Gary Dicker 55)
Not used: Peter Brezovan, Lewis Dunk, Andrew Crofts, Solly March
Newcastle (v Everton, Premier League): Tim Krul; James Perch (Nile Ranger 87), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote (Sammy Ameobi 80), Vurnon Anita; Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan (Gael Bigirimana 65); Shola Ameobi
Not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid
Brighton - Defender Inigo Calderon is expected to be fit after suffering bone bruising to his knee. Right-back Bruno and winger Will Buckley are both doubtful with respective Achilles and hamstring injuries, while Spanish star Vicente (thigh) is back in training and could be on the bench for the Seagulls. Jake Forster-Caskey and Romain Vincelot have returned from loan spells at Oxford and Gillingham and are in contention for a starting spot.
Newcastle - New signing Mathieu Debuchy did not put pen-to-paper in time to be considered for selection, while Ivory Coast midfielder Cheick Tiote is unavailable, having travelled to the Africa Cup of Nations, and striker Papiss Cisse and captain Fabricio Coloccini did not travel to the south coast due to slight knocks. Also on the treatment table are Danny Simpson (broken toe), Jonas Gutierrez (knee), Steven Taylor (hamstring), Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Yohan Cabaye (groin), Dan Gosling (ankle), Ryan Taylor (knee) and Haris Vuckic (knee).
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Gus Poyet, Brighton manager: "They are a fantastic club and every time I've played against them, especially in the North-East, the atmosphere is unbelievable. I was lucky enough to have the chance to score a few goals against them, so my relationship with the Newcastle fans is probably a little bit of hate from them, but I'm sure that they like me as well."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "It's a glamorous, fantastic competition. You've only got to look at my history with the FA Cup to know how I feel about it. I was brought up on it so it's very part of the fabric of the football person that I am. Unfortunately I've had badd luck in this competition so far and I want that to change at Brighton."
Lee Probert (Wiltshire): 2012/13 record - 20 games, 54 yellow cards, 1 red card
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Steve Harper, Kazenga LuaLua
DID YOU KNOW?
Brighton have failed to win 70 per cent of their home league games this season.