Newcastle travel to the south coast tonight to face Southampton with dreams of making it to Wembley.
The Magpies haven’t been in a domestic cup final since the 1998/99 campaign, but playing the Saints over a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final looks like a brilliant chance to end that run.
The Toon have the best defensive record in the top-flight and Nick Pope hasn’t conceded a goal in his last nine games.
Meanwhile, Southampton appear to have hit a bit of form under Nathan Jones and have won three of their last four as they look to return to Wembley.
The Saints reached the 2016/17 Carabao Cup final but were beaten 3-2 by Manchester United.
Southampton v Newcastle: talkSPORT coverage
This Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg will take place on Tuesday, January 24.
Kick-off at St Mary’s is scheduled for 8pm.
talkSPORT will have live commentary from the south coast, with coverage starting at 7pm.
Adrian Durham will serve as your host, while Jim Proudfoot and former West Ham forward Dean Ashton will provide commentary.
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Southampton v Newcastle: Team news
The hosts have quite a few injury concerns to deal with and will definitely be without Juan Larios and Tino Livramento.
Alex McCarthy, Armel Bella-Kotchap and Theo Walcott are also doubts after missing the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.
Meanwhile, Moussa Djenepo and Sekou Mara will hope they get the chance to start after scoring in Southampton’s 2-0 win over Manchester City in the quarter-finals.
Newcastle won’t have long-term absentees Matt Targett, Jonjo Shelvey or Emil Krafth at their disposal, but Elliot Anderson might return from a small calf injury.
Bruno Guimaraes started and played the full 90 minutes against Crystal Palace after overcoming an ankle problem that saw him leave the field in tears against Fulham.
Alexander Isak and Allan Saint-Maximin could come into Eddie Howe’s starting XI as the Toon have only scored three goals in all competitions since Boxing Day.
Southampton v Newcastle: What has been said?
Newcastle boss Howe: “We’re delighted to be where we are but the semi-final itself isn’t enough.
“Ultimately, you want to get one step further and I know the players feel the same way.
“We want to make the final.”
Southampton v Newcastle: Match facts
- This is just the second time Newcastle and Southampton have met in the League Cup, with the Saints previously winning 4-1 in a third round tie in 1968-69.
- Southampton have won just one of their last 11 meetings with Newcastle in all competitions (D3 L7), winning 2-0 at St Mary’s in November 2020.
- Newcastle won 4-1 at Southampton in the Premier League in November – the last time they won two away games against an opponent in the same season was at Hull City in 1989-90.
- This is only Newcastle’s second appearance in the League Cup semi-final – they progressed against Spurs in 1975-76, losing the first leg 1-0 and winning the second leg 3-1.
- Southampton have progressed from two of their three League Cup semi-final ties, most recently doing so against Liverpool in the 2016-17 campaign.
- Newcastle haven’t won an away League Cup match against a Premier League opponent since October 2014, and a 2-0 win at Manchester City. However, this is only their third such match since then (0-4 v Tottenham December 2014, 1-1 v Hull November 2016).
- Newcastle have kept a clean sheet in four of their last five League Cup games, with League Two side Tranmere’s Elliott Nevitt the only player to score against the Magpies in the competition this term.
- No player has scored more League Cup goals this season than Che Adams (4) – the last Southampton player to score five goals in a single League Cup campaign was Matt Le Tissier in 1994-95 (5)
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