No matter what the result from Saturdays game at St. James Park, I think the Cardiff City fans will breath a sigh of relief to actually see a guy owner Vincent Tan actually likes and will back in the transfer window. It has been much reported in recent weeks all the fighting going on at the club, distracting the enjoyment of the fans for their first time ever in the Premiership.
The Welsh club did win the competition in 1927 and were unlucky to miss out to the lone Kanu goal when they met Portsmouth in the Final a few seasons ago. The new manager got to watch his side lose two late goals against Arsenal on New Years Day and, with this being his first game in charge, it could be used as a chance to shuffle the pack and see what he has and what needs strengthening. A win would be great, but no one would suggest defeat a failure.
For Newcastle, they are a big club. They have a big following and have won the FA Cup six times in their history. The problem is, like Manchester City before, it has been a long time since they won the trophy, 1955, although they did reach the Final in the last two years of the 1990s.
Ninth in the Premier League currently, I think this would be ideal for Newcastle as top three seems a little out of reach as of right now and the competition for fourth and fifth is packed. The FA Cup could just be the lift the Toon Army are looking for.
Jason is a soccer writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @PACityboy and Facebook.