Newcastle’s latest quest for cup success begins today as they host Cardiff City in the FA Cup 3rd Round.

The Welsh side will be led by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the first time, after the Norwegian agreed to succeed Malky Mackay in owner Vincent Tan’s madhouse.

Alan Pardew will shuffle his pack as injuries and suspensions take their toll, as well as the customary chance for fringe players to stake their claim for a first team place.

That means chances for the likes of Jonas Gutierrez and forgotten winger Sylvain Marveaux, who has barely featured this season due to injury and lack of form. Rob Elliot may also get the nod ahead of Tim Krul, who is doubtful with an unspecified injury.

Yohan Cabaye has also been confirmed absent, so Gael Bigirimana may feature alongside Vurnon Anita in midfield.

Other possible starters include Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara and Shola Ameobi, while Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will likely replace the suspended Mathieu Debuchy at right-back. Steven Taylor is likely to partner Mike Williamson at centre-back in the absence of the injured Fabricio Coloccini.

As for Cardiff, Solskjaer’s maiden starting line-up will not include former Toon man Craig Bellamy, who is struggling with a knee injury that has kept him out since the opening weeks of the season. Summer signing Andreas Cornelius will be well known to Solskjaer, so the £8m man may start up front for the Bluebirds.

The former Manchester United striker may also give chances to some of his fringe players, as he looks to begin his Cardiff career with a win.