Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Southampton play host to Newcastle United at their St. Marry’s Stadium in the EFL Cup semis, first leg. The Saints did well to shock star-studded Man City in the quarter-finals, and they are now on a quest to claim yet another major scalp in the League Cup. A man to watch in the home team will be midfielder James Ward-Prowse, who has a goal disallowed in a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa, while both Larios and Livramento remain in the recovery room.
Theo Walcott faces race against the clock to be fit for Tuesday’s encounter. Meanwhile, the Magpies failed to turn their dominance into goals in a draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Newcastle United, though, are more of a team than Southampton, and we predict that the visitors are going to prove their worth on the field. Allan Saint-Maximin is widely expected to return to the starting XI, while all Jonjo Shelvey, Emil Krafth, and Matt Targett remain in the treatment room.
Highlighted Player (Theo Walcott):
Theo James Walcott is an English football player with roots from Jamaica born on 16th of March 1989 in London. Walcott started his football career for AFC Newbury and after scoring over 100 goals in his first season Southampton signed the young Walcott. After 2 seasons playing for the Saints scoring 4 goals in 21games Arsenal transferred Walcott to London for approximately 12 million GBP where he signed a 1 million GBP per year contract by the age of 17.
Walcott is known for being a very fast right-winger but is able to play as a striker as well. Walcott can be used very effectively to set up a counter attack but is the type of offensive player that is very dependant on the rest of the team.
Despite his young age Walcott made his debut for the English national team in May 2006 and played for over 40 games in the national team already. One of Walcott’s biggest weaknesses are his height (only 173cm) and the fact he get’s injured very quickly. Walcott won the FA Cup in 2013/2014 and 2014/15 with Arsenal and the Community Shield in 2015. During the World Cup in 2014 Walcott was injured.
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.