Hatem Ben Arfa

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor


Newcastle United begin their 2013/14 FA Cup campaign on Saturday, as Cardiff City come to St. James' Park in the third round of the famous competition (3pm kick-off).

Both sides go into the fixture on the back of New Year's Day defeats, with the Magpies having gone down 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion, while Cardiff let in two late goals away at Arsenal.

Cardiff appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as their new manager on Thursday, replacing Malky Mackay, who was sacked at the end of December.

When the teams met in Premier League action earlier this season, a Loic Remy first-half brace fired United to all three points in South Wales.


Saturday's game is the 53rd match between the two club, of which Newcastle have won the last eight meetings.

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5th October, 2013 - Cardiff City 1 (Odemwingie 58) Newcastle United 2 (Remy 30,38)

Cardiff (4-3-3): David Marshall; Kevin Theophile-Catherine, Ben Turner, Steven Caulker, Andrew Taylor; Aron Gunnarsson, Gary Medel, Kim Bo-Kyung (Jordon Mutch 46); Peter Odemwingie (Nicky Maynard 81), Fraizer Campbell (Craig Bellamy 66), Peter Whittingham

Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye (Hatem Ben Arfa 86), Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko; Yoan Gouffran, Papiss Cisse, Loic Remy (Jonas Gutierrez 71)

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(Last six games - all competitions)

Newcastle - LLWWDW
Cardiff - LDLLWL

Newcastle (v West Bromwich Albion, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 65), Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Yoan Gouffran (Hatem Ben Arfa 46), Shola Ameobi (Massadio Haidara 76), Loic Remy
Not used: Rob Elliot, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse

Cardiff (v Arsenal, Premier League): David Marshall; Kevin McNaughton, Ben Turner, Steven Caulker, Declan John; Gary Medel (Aron Gunnarsson 61), Kim Bo-Kyung; Craig Noone, Jordon Mutch (Don Cowie 67), Peter Whittingham; Fraizer Campbell (Nicky Maynard 80)
Not used: Joe Lewis, Mark Hudson, Tommy Smith, Andreas Cornelius

Newcastle - Loic Remy (10)
Cardiff - Fraizer Campbell/Jordon Mutch (4)

Newcastle - Captain Fabricio Coloccini is sidelined by a knee ligament injury, sustained at West Brom on New Year's Day, while Mathieu Debuchy begins a three-game suspension for his red card in the same game.Goalkeeper Tim Krul and midfielder Yohan Cabaye are both expected to miss out with respective shoulder and Achilles complaints. Long-term knee injury victim Ryan Taylor remains sidelined.

Cardiff - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer takes charge of his first Cardiff game, having been appointed as the Bluebirds' new manager on Thursday. Kevin Theophile-Catherine (knee), Jordon Mutch (hamstring), Andrew Taylor (knock) and Craig Bellamy (knee) are all doubts for City.

Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager:
"We had a good game down there (in October). They have changed manager since and obviously Malky is a good friend of mine, so I was sad to see him go. Ole is now in charge and he has been in the background for a Premier League job for a while now because of the terrific job he has done abroad. They will get a boost, a new lease of life and everyone will get a little lift, so we will be on our guard for that. We are the favourites to win, we are at home and I really hope that we can win."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Cardiff manager: "Every game is important. We know how close Cardiff were to lifting the cup a few years ago, so we go in there hoping to go through to the next round. The Premier League is very important but the FA Cup gives us a chance to build momentum. For me the game is great because it is the first game. I have had a six week break since the Norwegian Cup final and I am eager to get going. For me it is a way of getting into the job. Of course the Premier League is vital but now it is the FA Cup and the next game is the most important one."

Anthony Taylor (Manchester): 2013/14 record - 18 games, 65 yellow cards, 3 red cards

Craig Bellamy, Paul Bodin, Michael Chopra, Des Hamilton, Wayne Routledge, Haris Vuckic

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Cardiff have only been in a winning position at half-time once this season.