Newcastle United news: The much-changed West Brom XI Magpies could face in FA Cup plus Steve Bruce previews fifth round tie

Newcastle United could face a much-changed West Brom starting XI as they look to progress to the last eight of the FA Cup at the Hawthorns tomorrow night.

Monday, 2nd March 2020, 5:38 pm
Updated Monday, 2nd March 2020, 5:38 pm
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 09: Charlie Austin of West Bromwich Albion arrives at the stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and West Bromwich Albion at The Den on February 09, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Reports in the Midlands suggest boss Slaven Bilic is set to stick to his policy of resting some of his key first-team players in the cup and could hand starting berths to a number of fringe players with United in town.

Charlie Austin, Kieran Gibbs, Kyle Edwards and Darnell Furlong are all reportedly in line to get a chance against United, having found chances in the Championship limited of late.

“I’ve been pleased with my own displays in the FA Cup,” said 22-year-old Edwards ahead of the last 16 encounter.

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“I’ve been happy to get minutes and show the gaffer what I am about. Hopefully this time around I can get a goal if I get the opportunity.“Everyone is pushing to play. Hopefully I can put in a good performance against Premier League opposition and show the gaffer what I can do if I’m handed the opportunity to play.”

Meanwhile, Steve Bruce is likely to stick to most of the side who laboured to a 0-0 draw with Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday – and his new-found formation.

He said: “We tried something different and I was pleased with a lot of it and we created far more opportunities. I was disappointed we didn’t manage to take one. It’s given me food for thought. It’s always important that you have two or three formations up your sleeve.”