Southampton - Newcastle prediction
Southampton hosts Newcastle in the first leg of the semi-final of the English League Cup tournament.
At this stage of the competition, the winner is decided in two matches, with the second leg in exactly a week's time.
In the 1/4-finals, Southampton surprisingly eliminated the champion Manchester City.
Although the Citizens were not in their optimal lineup then.
It was part of a 3 game winning streak for the Saints in all competitions.
Before they ended it with a loss to Aston Villa and at home in their last Premier League game.
The winning goal for Villa came late in the game. As the home team, they also had complaints against the referee after this loss.
This tournament is a very good opportunity for the Newcastle team to win their first trophy for many years.
Something that their fans started to dream about more and more after the good performances of the team this season.
And especially since most of the favorites in the tournament have already dropped out.
The task before their coach Eddie Howe is how to distribute the strengths of his players in the best way in all tournaments.
I expect a more economical game from the Magpies here. And probably their eventual victory will come in the 2nd half.
Given that most of their matches recently ended in draws at the break , most often 0-0.
Southampton - statistics and info
Premier League languishing Southampton somewhat surprisingly made it through to the League Cup semi-finals.
To get here, the Nathan Jones-led squad successively eliminated the teams of:
- Sheffield Wednesday
- Manchester City
If they can also eliminate Newcastle, the Saints will reach their first final in the competition since 2016/17.
When they lost to Jose Mourinho's Man United.
The 2-0 victory over Citizens in the quarter-finals was, of course, somewhat expected.
But it brought great joy to Southampton fans.
Especially against the background of their tragic performance in the Premier League.
There they hold the last position in the standings with 15 points.
But that's just 3 points behind Leicester, who are in 14th place.
Newcastle - statistics and info
Newcastle are flying high in the Premier League this season, sitting comfortably in the Top 4 of the standings.
With chances to even climb even higher if he continues his good form until the end of the campaign.
The Magpies were lucky 2 weeks ago when they grabbed the win from Fulham in the dying minutes of the game.
But in the last round, Eddie Howe's side were not so lucky when they visited Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park.
Despite having the upper hand and dominating throughout the match, Newcastle were never able to overcome goalkeeper Guaita.
Who made 7 saves.
So the match ended 0-0.
The Magpies reached the semi-finals of the League Cup for only the second time since 1975/76.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Bazunu; Lyanko, Salisu, Kaleta-Carr, Walker-Peters; Diallo, Lavia; Edozie, Ward-Prowse, Genepo; Mara
Injured: Larios, Livramento
Questionable : McCarthy, Walcott, Bella-Kochap
Lineup: Pope; Trippier, Schar, Bothman, Byrne; Wheelock, Guimarães, Longstaff; Almiron, Isaac, Joelinton
Injured: Shelvey, Target, Kraft
Matches Southampton - Newcastle
|VL||06/11/22||Southampton 1:4 Newcastle|
|VL||10/03/22||Southampton 1:2 Newcastle|
|VL||28/08/21||Newcastle 2:2 Southampton|
|VL||06/02/21||Newcastle 3:2 Southampton|
|VL||06/11/20||Southampton 2:0 Newcastle|
|VL||07/03/20||Southampton 0:1 Newcastle|