Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
A place in the EFL Cup final will be at stake when Newcastle and Southampton face each other at St. James’ Park on Tuesday evening. The Magpies have been impressive at the back of late, with the team eyeing their fifth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions, and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence once again. All Shelvey, Krafth, and Targett continue to miss out with injuries, but there are no fresh selection worries in the home team.
Meanwhile, the Saints face an uphill task in the return leg as they need to overcome a one-goal deficit away from home. Since Newcastle have turned their St. James’ Park into a real fortress, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. Both Larios and Livramento are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Jamaal Lascelles):
Born in Derby on November 11, 1993, Jamaal Lascelles is an English footballer who plays for Newcastle United as a defender. Lascelles began his youth career at Nottingham Forest and he continued playing for the Reds on senior level.
After scoring two goals in 32 appearances for Forest, Jamaal Lascelles moved to Newcastle United in 2014 and he has been playing for the Magpies ever since. The 188-cm-tall centre-back has a deal with Newcastle United, which should expire in June, 2023. Jamaal Lascelles made two appearances for England U21, but he has yet to make his senior debut with the Three Lions.
Speaking of his individual honours, the English defender was part of PFA Team of the Year for the 2016/2017 Championship season. Jamaal Lascelles scored three goals in 35 appearances for Newcastle United in the 2017/2018 Premier League season, helping Rafa Benitez’s team secure yet another top flight survival.
Highlighted Team (Southampton):
Southampton are an English football club that have been playing their home games at St Mary's Stadium since 2001. The Saints were based at The Dell in the past and the capacity of Southampton’s new stadium is 32,505. Southampton wear red and white striped shirts and the colour of the team’s away kit is navy and green.
The Saints have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to clinch the FA Cup title back in 1976, while participating in the final of the prestigious competition in 1900, 1902 and 2003. Southampton outplayed Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final and that is probably the club’s greatest victory ever.
The club are well known for their football academy and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is one of the players who began their football carrier at the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Southampton’s fiercest rivals are Portsmouth and the two teams square off against each other in the South Coast Derby.