Pundit Charlie Nicholas is backing Hull to beat Newcastle United tonight in the quarter-final of the League Cup at the KCOM stadium.
Nicholas thinks the defeat at the weekend against Blackburn has killed off the huge momentum Newcastle had after winning their nine previous games.
The stadium is likely to be only half full tonight because the fans are in opposition to the owner and some fans have decided to stay away as a protest.
Mike Phelan – Hull City Manager
But Hull City were promoted last season in the playoffs but are struggling in the Premier League and are currently third bottom and hardly in form with one win in their last 11 league games – a 2-1 home win over Southampton.
Hull have beaten Exeter City, Stoke City and Bristol City to get this far in the cup and it should be a close game tonight.
This is what Charlie Nicholas told Sky Sports:
“It does surprise me that Newcastle are favorites to a degree, but talking about Hull, they hardly turned the corner by salvaging a draw against West Brom,”
“The problem for Hull is that they can’t really rest anybody, which is worrying for their Premier League survival hopes, but means they have to pretty much go with their best team here.”
“They seem to be having the most problems with their midfield, Tom Huddlestone dropped and Ryan Mason hauled off at half-time.”
“Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez tried to play it clever by leaving out Dwight Gayle among others at the weekend and it backfired, with a troubling loss killing their momentum.”
“In terms of value, Hull are appealing here as the outsiders in what I see as a tough one to call.”
Charlie’s prediction is a 2-1 home win.
We’re not sure that loss on Saturday killed our momentum completely because the lads will be determined to make up for what were 3 points tossed away in the league last Saturday by some indifferent play.
Rafa will be playing a strong side tonight and those players left out of Saturday’s starting line-up like Vurnon Anita, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett, Jack Colback, Yoan Gouffran and Dwight Gayle will be recalled to the side.
The fans are also confident we can win this game.