Our prediction for this EFL Cup match:
Prenton Park will host Wednesday’s football game between Tranmere Rovers and Newcastle United, the two teams who face each other for the first time since February 2000. The Super Whites aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Newport County, but they face an uphill task in the midweek clash. Both Nolan and O’Connor are pushing for a start, with Merrie and Lewis likely to drop to the bench.
The Magpies, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 3-3 draw with Man City. Newcastle United made a promising start to the season, but keep in mind that Eddie Howe is likely to rest key players in the EFL Cup showdown. All Wood, Murphy, Longstaff, and Krafth are likely to start against Tranmere. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Eddie Howe has a number of high-profile players to choose from. All Shelvey, Targett, Lewis, and Fernandez have been struggling with injuries of late.
Highlighted Player (Jay Spearing):
After impressing in Liverpool’s youth academy, Jay Spearing made 30 appearances in the league for the first team. However, the English midfielder was playing below expectations in the Premier League and, as a result, he was sent on loan to Leicester City in 2010.
Spearing played for Bolton Wanderers on loan as well and in 2013 he signed a permanent deal with the Trotters. He scored three goals, while providing six assists for his teammates in 37 appearances for Bolton in the 2016/2017 League One campaign and, no doubt, he helped the club secure promotion to the Championship.
Jay Spearing, who was born in Wallasey, England on November 25, 1988, has yet to make his England debut. His main position is defensive midfield, but he is capable of playing as both central and left midfielder as well. Jay Spearing has a deal with Bolton Wanderers which expires in the summer of 2021.
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.