No matter who the opponent is, Newcastle United are under pressure in the FA Cup third round.
Monday’s draw saw the Magpies pulled out the hat alongside Rochdale and Boston United, two sides who will relish the chance to take on a Premier League side.
The pair will meet in a replay on Monday 16th December, in a game that will be broadcast on BT Sport.
And not only does the winner get to host Newcastle in the third round of the competition, they’ll also get another chance to play in front of the television cameras.
BT Sport have chosen Newcastle’s game as one of their televised clashes, clearly sensing a giant killing regardless of who Steve Bruce’s side face.
It’ll be either League Two Rochdale at Spotland or National League North Boston United at York Street. The Magpies could be humiliated by a fourth tier side, or a non-league side. Either way, it could be an uncomfortable afternoon for Bruce’s men.
The game is now set to take place on Saturday January 4th, kicking off at 12:31pm. All FA Cup third round games are set to kick off a minute late as part of a campaign to promote mental health.
This is a great initiative by the FA, who have teamed up with Heads Up and Every Mind Matters. Mental health is a big topic of discussion in today’s society, especially for men.
If Newcastle succumb to another FA Cup disaster against Rochdale or Boston, BT Sport will be very happy with their decision to televise the fixture.