Oxford Utd v Newcastle Betting Tips & Predictions
Oxford United were able to land a goalless draw at St James’ Park ten days ago to earn an FA Cup replay at the Kassam Stadium, although the League One side will now have to contend without two of their star players.
Shandon Baptiste and Tarique Fosu-Henry were both sold to Brentford on transfer deadline day and Karl Robinson’s side are worse off for losing this talented duo, even if the U’s managed to beat Blackpool on Saturday to stay in the mix for promotion from League One.
James Henry, Cameron Brannagan and Matty Taylor have all recently returned to the squad after injury and Oxford have a bit of cup pedigree this season after reaching the quarter final stage of the EFL Cup before losing against Manchester City in an exciting match.
However, Newcastle United will be looking at a big run in the FA Cup and giving their supporters some cheer, with the Magpies already punching above their weight in the Premier League this season.
Twelfth place in the top flight and seven points clear of danger means that Steve Bruce can afford to give the competition the time of day, with the Tyneside club not having another game for a further twelve days after this encounter.
Nabil Bentaleb has recently arrived on loan from Schalke, with the Algerian having featured in the past two matches, while Danny Rose is also eligible to play in the FA Cup and could make a full debut in this clash.
You would expect Newcastle to potentially have too much class in this game, even if they did make hard work of beating Rochdale in the previous round, with the odds-against about an away win making enough appeal to back this outcome.
Newcastle @ 2.05 with bet365