Danny Guthrie - Newcastle United News

This Saturday sees Newcastle attempt to secure a safe passage through to the fifth round of the FA Cup, at the expense of Championship side Brighton. The Seagulls needed a re-arranged replay to see off a spirited Wrexham side and book a tie against the Magpies, ensuring Alan Pardew’s side have to make one of the longest geographical journeys in the English game.

The brand new Amex Stadium will play host to the tie and manager Gus Poyet will be hoping a number of his stars can cause a giant-killing. Craig Mackail-Smith is the most dangerous player in the Albion ranks, whilst former Valencia and Spain winger Vicente also plies his trade down on the south coast.

Newcastle have been given a huge boost this week as Senegal crashed out of the African Nations Cup, meaning forward pair Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse are on their way back to England. This game will come too soon for the twosome though, and Wednesday’s game against Blackburn being a more likely target for their return.

It’s been a fairly quiet January transfer window so far for all teams, and the only involvement here would have been Cisse, had he been back in time to play tomorrow. Speculation still lingers around the futures of Tim Krul and Cheick Tiote, and Magpies’ fans will be hoping there is no last-gasp activity like last January, when a ponytailed striker headed for Merseyside (and ultimately flopped).

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini will have a late fitness test before the game after he picked up a groin strain in training this week, but Sylvain Marveaux, Steven Taylor and Sammy Ameobi remain on the sidelines for a few more weeks.

As for Brighton, they’ll be hoping a former Newcastle player can be their key to success, with Kazenga Lua Lua on course to recover from a hamstring injury. Steve Harper is another that has links to the Seagulls, having a month on loan there earlier this season. Craig Noone is also in line to play after a similar problem to Lua Lua, while Vicente should also be fit.

Brighton will be looking to complete a north-east cup double, after they knocked the mackems out of the Carling Cup earlier this year. Since moving into their new stadium, Poyet’s side have only lost four times, all to higher league opposition.

A win for Newcastle would see them go into the draw for the fifth round for the first time in six years and many on Tyneside fancy a cup run to go along with the impressive league campaign so far this season.