Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
A place in the EFL Cup quarter-finals will be at stake when Newport County and Newcastle United face each other at Rodney Parade. The Magpies were more than fortunate not to avoid loss at Tottenham at the weekend, with the team scoring the equalizer in the seventh minute of the stoppage time. Summer signing Callum Wilson saved one point in London, and, no doubt, all eyes will be on the former Bournemouth attacker when Newcastle face Newport in the EFL Cup last 16.
Seeing that Steve Bruce has a number of injury worries ahead of Wednesday’s clash, away win should not be considered. The Exiles, on the other hand, did well to beat Bolton on the road in the League Two at the weekend, with the team extending their winning run in all competitions to four games. Since they outplayed Watford 3-1 in the previous EFL Cup round, we are tempted to put our money on the underdogs.
Highlighted Player (Tom King):
Thomas Lloyd King is a professional footballer who plays for Newport County as a goalkeeper. Born in Plymouth, England, on March 9, 1995, Tom King played for the likes of Manchester 62, Portsmouth, and Crystal Palace during his youth career.
Despite signing a professional deal with Crystal Palace, the English shot-stopper did not see any game action with the Eagles at the senior level. Tom King moved to Millwall in the summer of 2014, signing a one-year deal with the capital club. After making only 11 appearances for the Lions in the League One, King joined League two side Newport County on June 7, 2019, signing a two-year deal with the South Wales outfit.
It has to be noted that Thomas Lloyd King played for the likes of Welling United, Braintree Town, Stevenage, and AFC Wimbledon on loan as well before signing a deal with Newport County. Tom King has one cap with the England U17 despite his dual citizenship (England/Wales).
Highlighted Team (Newcastle):
Newcastle United failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and, as a result, they dropped to the English second tier. The Magpies will host their rivals at their St. James’ Park in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign and it has to be noted that the capacity of the stadium is 52,354.
Newcastle United have won four domestic trophies (1904/1905, 1906/1907, 1908/1909, 1926/1927), while lifting six FA Cup titles (1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1955) and a number of star players were part of the St. James’ Park outfit in the past.
David Ginola, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Nolberto Solano, Gary Speed, Obafemi Martins and Kevin Nolan are notable footballers who are still remembered at the club. Newcastle’s fiercest rivals are Sunderland and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Tyne-Wear derby. The color of Newcastle’s home kit is black and white.