Obscure date, replays and prize money - everything you NEED to know about Newcastle United's FA Cup fifth round tie at West Brom
Newcastle United will play in the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in 14 years when they face Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion.
Steve Bruce’s men needed another replay to overcome League One opposition on Tuesday following Allan Saint-Maximin’s extra-time winner in a 3-2 win at Oxford United.
Given it has been over a decade since United reached the last 16, supporters are understandably excited over the prospect of being one game away from a Wembley semi-final.
So, here is everything you need to know about Newcastle’s highly-anticipated encounter with the Baggies:
When is the FA Cup fifth round date?
Bruce takes his Newcastle side to West Brom on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 in what is a 8pm kick-off.
If the game is drawn, will a replay be needed?
No. Any games that are level after normal time will go to extra time and, if necessary, penalties to decide a winner on the night.
Why is it scheduled in midweek rather than a weekend?
The FA opted to move the fifth round fixture list to midweek to enable a mid-season break for Premier League teams.
Newcastle, of course, are absent from Premier League action this weekend to comply with the Premier League winter break.
How did West Brom advance to this stage?
Slaven Bilic’s Baggies claimed back-to-back 1-0 away wins at Charlton Athletic before upsetting West Ham United at the London Stadium.
In the Championship, Albion are locked in an automatic promotion battle, which could work to Newcastle’s advantage by the time the pair meet next month.
Which other teams remain in the FA Cup?
Sheffield Wednesday vs Manchester City, Reading vs Sheffield United, Chelsea vs Liverpool, Leicester City vs Birmingham City
Derby County vs Manchester United, Southampton or Tottenham Hotspur vs Norwich City and Portsmouth vs Arsenal
What is the prize money?
Newcastle received £135k for beating Rochdale in Round Three before collecting £180k for their extra-time win at the Kassam Stadium.
In terms of prize money alone, Mike Ashley’s Magpies have bagged £315k in total – and that is not factoring in any TV money they might have received.