Newcastle’s latest quest for cup success continues tonight, as they welcome Championship promotion chasers Leeds United to St James’ Park for a 3rd Round clash. A winner must be determined on the night, meaning extra time and penalties will be utilised if needs be.

Alan Pardew is set to make changes to his side ahead of the game, although the fixture schedule does allow Newcastle to use their star players. The Geordies aren’t in domestic action again until Monday night, so the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa and Loic Remy will be used if necessary.

There will likely be starts for Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett and Yoan Gouffran, while Haris Vuckic will also hope to be involved. Papiss Cisse may be left out as he struggles for form, with Shola Ameobi or Gouffran replacing the Senegal striker up front.

Brian McDermott will bring his team to Tyneside after overseeing victories against Chesterfield and Doncaster in previous rounds, although the Whites are in poor league form of late, losing their last two games after an initial good start to the season.

Playing a formation that lacks wingers, Leeds have struggled to open teams up so far this season and rarely threaten anywhere other than through the middle, so set pieces tend to be a strength for McDermott’s charges. Giant striker Matt Smith could be in line for a start, after his goal against Burnley at the weekend underlined the set piece prowess.

Pacy striker Dominic Poleon could start for the visitors as he did in the previous two rounds, while star man Sam Byram will face a fitness test before kick-off. The teenage right-back has been out for months with a troublesome hip injury but has been involved in games recently, playing an hour at the weekend against Burnley.

If Newcastle can get the win tonight, it opens up the possibility of them drawing arch rivals Sunderland out of the hat, after the Mackems saw off Peterborough on Tuesday night. The draw for the next round is after the eye-catching Liverpool vs Manchester United clash.