The draw for the 3rd Round of the Emirates FA Cup took place on Monday and luck wanted Newcastle United to face Sheffield Wednesday away from home at Hillsborough. The game will take place across the weekend of Saturday, 7th Jan. and Sunday, 8th. Jan, with the precise date still to be announced.
The 20 Premier League clubs, along with all 24 teams from the Championship and the 20 winners from the second round entered the draw on Monday, with Manchester City and Chelsea getting the worst possible bounces from the ping pong balls as they will be facing each other come January.
Liverpool vs. Wolverhampton, Southampton vs. Crystal Palace, Manchester United vs. Everton, and Brentford vs. West Ham headline the other all-PL clashes of the 3rd Round of the 2023 FA Cup.
The Magpies will face a third-tier team in Sheffield Wednesday, with the Owls sitting 3rd in the League One table. They are on a three-game winning streak and haven’t lost a game since Oct. 4th, stringing seven wins and/or draws together.
Newcastle have met Sheffield Wednesday seven times in the FA Cup throughout the history of the competition. The last time they met in any competition, back in a Championship game held in 2017, the Owls came out victorious with a 2-1 win over the Magpies.
Overall, the series between these two teams is 57-42 in favor of Newcastle with 31 draws between both clubs. Coincidentally, Sheffield Wednesday and Newcastle United went on to draw 2-2 in their first-ever game played back in 1898 (no, not a typo) when Sandy MacFarlane and Jack Peddie scored for NUFC and someone undocumented did for the Owls.
Newcastle have not defeated Sheffield Wednesday since they did for the last time more than 10 years ago in Aug. 2009. They drew their next game (2-2 in Dec. 2009) and are currently on a three-game losing streak against the Owls in all competitions with matches played in 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Before Newcastle return to official competition the Magpies will fly to Saudi Arabia to hold a warm-weather training camp and play a friendly against a local side. Then, they will return to England to play Rayo Vallecano on Dec. 17th before taking on Bournemouth, and the team will then visit Leicester City on Dec. 26th with the Premier League returning to action after Christmas.