By Chief Sports Writer, Marley Anderson

Newcastle begin their latest quest for FA Cup success with a revenge mission against Brighton this lunchtime. The Seagulls knocked Newcastle out of the same competition at the fourth round stage last year thanks to Mike Williamson’s late own goal.

This time round the tie is being shown live on TV, with the powers that be clearly fancying a repeat of the upset last year. Form would back the idea up, with Newcastle at the wrong end of the Premier League table, while Brighton fight for promotion in the Championship.

Newcastle’s new signing Mathieu Debuchy will not feature, so James Perch should continue at right-back. It’s normally cup ties that see managers rotate their squads but with Alan Pardew’s options at a minimum, it could be a very similar team that starts against Brighton as the one that trudged off 2-1 losers against Everton.

Gael Bigirimana may miss out with a dead leg and fellow midfielder Cheick Tiote has jetted off to join up with Ivory Coast ahead of their African Nations Cup campaign.

Other than those two, it’s the same long injury list for Alan Pardew, with options up front his only real area of choice. Shola Ameobi or Papiss Cisse will lead the line, with support likely coming from Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveuax. It will certainly be worth checking out the up to date bwin fa cup odds on offer!”

Shane Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi and James Tavernier could all be involved in some capacity, as Pardew considers dipping into the youth team for options. Adam Campbell may well be on the bench too, along with Nile Ranger.

Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye are back in training, but targeting the next two games as realistic comeback dates, rather than risk further damage by trying to avoid an FA Cup giant-killing.

Former Newcastle winger Kazenga Lua Lua is desperate to play for the home side, after missing last year’s upset through injury. Fellow winger Will Buckley is out though, as is star man Vicente. Full back Bruno is injured too.

A worrying stat for Newcastle is that they haven’t won away from home in the cup in their last three attempts, spanning back to when they defeated Cheltenham in 2006. Hopefully tomorrow is the day where the recent good performances turn into a safe passage into the 4th round of the cup, but you never seem to know with the Magpies.