FA Cup fifth round: when the draw takes place and who Newcastle could face
The draw for the fifth found of the FA Cup is set to take place on Monday night.
However, Newcastle still have some work to do in the shape of a fourth round replay with Oxford United, after failing to overcome the minnows first time around.
With their controversial takeover still hanging in the balance, the chance to focus on the goings-on inside the pitch will be highly welcome.
After that, the road to the next round could get much trickier depending on which number is plucked from the bowl.
Here's everything you need to know about the draw and the upcoming round.
When is the draw?
The draw will take place at 7.19pm on Monday 27 January.
The draw itself will be broadcast live on both BBC One and on the BBC Sports website.
It will be made by two past FA Cup winners –Portsmouth, Chelsea and Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson, and legendary goalscorer Teddy Sheringham.
Johnson won it in 2008 with unlikely champions Portsmouth, while Sheringham scored in the 1999 final to help Manchester United to victory.
How does the fifth round work?
The next round of games will be played as mid-week ties, taking place between Tuesday 3 March and Thursday 5 March. All 10 matches have different kick-off times.
While these games have been played over the weekend in the past, the change has been made to accommodate the Premier League's new winter break – allowing teams a brief respite amidst an increasingly hectic season.
Unlike in the rounds so far, there will be not be a replay for any game that ends in a draw – good news for the teams whose schedules are already at breaking point.
Instead, their will be 30 minutes of extra time for a winner to be decided, followed by a penalty shoot-out if things are still all square.
Who could Newcastle face in the next round?
The teams that have already guaranteed themselves a spot in the fifth round are:
- Leicester City
- Sheffield United
- Sheffield Wednesday- Manchester United
- West Bromwich Albion
- Norwich City
- Manchester City
However, there are also still several slots still to be filled.
Arsenal and Bournemouth have still to play their fourth round game, which will take place at 8pm, shortly after the draw itself.
On top of that, there are several games which ended in a draw and need to be replayed – Tottenham vs Southampton, Northampton Town vs Derby County, Reading vs Cardiff City, Coventry City vs Birmingham City, Newcastle United vs Oxford United and Shrewsbury vs Liverpool.
And, of course, Newcastle still have to navigate a replay against Oxford United before they make it into the fifth round, much to Steve Bruce’s dismay.
These pairs will be entered into the draw as one, with the victor going on to play whoever they are drawn against in the fifth round.
Which numbers should fans be looking out for?
If you’re planning on taking in the draw in real time, Newcastle fans will be hoping not to see numbers 1 (Manchester United), 2 (Chelsea), 7(Leicester City) and 13 (Manchester City).
Numbers 3 and 16 also have the potential to land them a match with Tottenham or Liverpool, so they’d probably be best avoided as well.
On paper anyway, the easiest draw would be League One’s Portsmouth, who are number 15.
Drawing number 6 could even lead to a match with League Two’s Northampton Town, but only if they overcome Derby County in the fourth round replay.