Newcastle are on the cusp of making it to their first domestic cup final since 1999 as they welcome Southampton to St James’ Park.
The Magpies hold a 1-0 lead over the Saints in their Carabao Cup semi-final thanks to Joelinton’s second-half strike last week.
Eddie Howe’s men haven’t lost at home all season, while Nick Pope has kept ten consecutive clean sheets.
But Nathan Jones’ Saints have won four of their last six in all competitions and did breach the Magpies’ defence last week, only for VAR to rule out Adam Armstrong’s goal for handball.
The Premier League is arguably more important for Southampton, with the threat of relegation looming, but the chance to make it to Wembley isn’t something that comes around very often.
Meanwhile, Newcastle haven’t won a major trophy since 1969, but if they can overcome the Saints, there is a real possibility that the long drought could come to an end in February.
Manchester United or Nottingham Forest will await the winner of this tie in the final.
Newcastle v Southampton: talkSPORT coverage
This Carabao Cup semi-final second leg will take place on Tuesday, January 31.
Kick-off at St James’ Park is scheduled for 8pm.
talkSPORT will have live commentary from Tyneside, with Adrian Durham serving as your host while Jim Proudfoot and former Leeds man Danny Mills provide commentary.
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Newcastle v Southampton: Team news
Newcastle’s new £45million man Anthony Gordon won’t make his debut as he is cup-tied after featuring for Everton earlier this season.
The Toon will also be without Jonjo Shelvey as he closes in on a move to Nottingham Forest.
Emil Krafth and Matt Targett remain out but Alexander Isak and Allan Saint-Maximin are pushing for starts after impressing from off the bench in the first leg.
Southampton will welcome Duje Caleta-Car back to the squad after serving his one-match ban at the weekend.
New man James Bree is available to come straight into the side for his debut as is returning loanee Jan Bednarek.
But Moussa Djenepo is a doubt after sustaining a concussion at St Mary’s last week, while Tino Livramento, Alex McCarthy and Juan Larios remain out.
Newcastle v Southampton: What has been said?
Southampton boss Jones: “We’ve had to use the squad because Newcastle have had the weekend off.
“To be able to [compete]: One, we’ve got to use the squad and two, we’ve got to be as athletic as we can.
“In the week it’s probably Lyanco that had to do two 90 minutes. Sekou Mara’s the next one. We’re not in the position where we’re having to look after people who have done two 90 minutes.
“We’ve got a full team; we’ve got a full squad. Now I’ve got a full quota to pick from.”
Newcastle v Southampton: Match facts
- Newcastle United have won seven of their last nine matches against Southampton (D1 L1), winning both games against them this season. They last beat a side three times in a season in 2016-17 against Preston, while as a Premier League side they have only done so once, versus Blackburn in 2011-12.
- Southampton have won just one of their last 18 away games against Newcastle in all competitions (D4 L13), a 2-1 win in January 2015 in the Premier League. They’ve conceded in all 18 games, last keeping a clean sheet there in a 1-0 win in March 1997.
- Holding a 1-0 first leg advantage, Newcastle are looking to reach their first major cup final since 1999, when they lost 2-0 to Man Utd in the FA Cup. Their last League Cup final appearance was in 1976 and should they qualify it would be the biggest gap between final appearances (47 years), breaking the record of 38 years set by Birmingham (1963-2001), Man City (1976-2014) and Southampton (1979-2017).
- Southampton are looking to become only the third team to qualify for a League Cup final after losing the first leg at home, along with Stoke City vs West Ham in 1971-72 and Arsenal vs Spurs in 1986-87. Both Stoke and Arsenal went on to win the trophy in those years.
- Newcastle United haven’t conceded a single goal in any of their last eight home games in all competitions, their longest run of consecutive home shutouts. The last Premier League side to keep more in a row on home soil was Chelsea between January and April 2014 (nine).
- Nathan Jones has already been eliminated from the League Cup this season with Luton in the first round before joining Southampton. If they qualify, he will be only the third manager to be eliminated in a season but then reach a final, along with Gordon Lee in 1976-77 (eliminated with Newcastle, reached final with Everton) and Harry Redknapp in 2008-09 (eliminated with Portsmouth, reached final with Spurs).
- Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope has kept four clean sheets in the League Cup this season – the last goalkeeper to keep five for a club in a single season was Kasey Keller in 1996-97, who kept six for Leicester City who won the competition that year.
- Joelinton has scored in each of his last two League Cup appearances for Newcastle – the last Magpies player to net in three in a row was Shola Ameobi in September 2010.
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