FA Cup rule change that impacts Newcastle, Man City, Liverpool, Leeds and Chelsea

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Newcastle United will not entertain Blackburn Rovers at St James' Park for a replay if tonight's FA Cup clash is a draw after 90 minutes

Newcastle United’s trip to Blackburn Rovers will be decided by extra time and penalties should the two sides remain level after 90 minutes.

The Magpies face another away tie in the FA Cup having travelled to bitter rivals Sunderland and Fulham in previous rounds. Eddie Howe was hoping for a home clash but must settle for another potential banana skin against Championship opposition.

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Newcastle are aiming to reach the quarter-final for the second time in 18 years - a feat that would take them within one game of another Wembley showdown. The 7,000 Toon fans making the journey can take comfort in knowing their fate will be decided on the night due to a recent rule change.

In 2018, the FA announced replays from the fifth round onwards would be scrapped to ease fixture congestion. Premier League managers such as Jurgen Klopp have been vocal in their belief to end replays altogether.

In a bygone era, all ties including the final would be played again in the event of a draw. The last replay to take place at Wembley was the 1993 final when Arsenal edged out Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 - after extra time - in front of 63,000 fans.

A win against Blackburn - sitting 16th in the Championship - would move Eddie Howe one step closer to breaking Newcastle’s domestic trophy curse. The Magpies last won the FA Cup in 1955 when goals from Jackie Milburn, Bobby Mitchell and George Hannah earned a 3-1 win over Manchester City.

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