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How Will Newcastle Do At Southampton In First Leg Of Carabao Cup Semi-Final?



The Premier League takes a break once again as Newcastle’s next two matches are against Southampton in the Carabao Cup semi-finals. The first leg takes place on Tuesday night at St Mary’s with the second one week later at St. James’ Park.

This cup competition is the lone bright spot in an otherwise dismal campaign for the Saints, who lost 1-0 at home to Aston Villa yesterday to remain rock bottom of the Premier League.

It’s a polar opposite feeling up north as Newcastle are having their best season in a decade with a chance to make it a historic one. Newcastle are rooted in the top four of the league and have silverware in their sights.

Southampton are the next focal point for Eddie Howe and the Magpies. Coming away from St Mary’s on Tuesday in good shape for the return leg is the aim. A multiple-goal victory would ease any angst on Tyneside.

Newcastle need to quickly solve their goalscoring woes for any hopes of an easier second leg. Goals have been in short supply – except when playing Leicester City – since football returned after the World Cup break. More struggles finding the back of the net against Southampton could prove costly.

The other end of the pitch has been nothing short of sensational as Newcastle continue to keep clean sheets. Southampton are the last club to breach Howe’s preferred eleven with Romain Perraud’s late strike in early November.

The Magpies continue to be very difficult to breach but goals are going to be needed for a Wembley final. Hopefully, the lads can take their frustration in front of the net out on the struggling Saints on Tuesday.

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259 comments so far

  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #161

    Trial starts at 18:00 and finishes 06:00

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #162

    Should have sent my enquiry, more to the point! 🙂

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #163

    Would you bring Mitro back ?
    He’s grown up, is more physical, wants to emulate Shearer and could thrive on the service other players now provide.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #164

    Mitro back :cry:,
    So we can lump balls at him all game 😥

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  • magicmac54

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #165

    EGB

    Bill i share your frustration about corners mate, when you look at the height and stature of that Newcastle team, it`s crazy we don`t get a lot more goals from corner`s and free kicks, it really is a dilemma and very hard to work out Bill, even under the old regime we seemed to be more dangerous at corners with Kieran Clarke and Lascelles, i also don`t see the logic of Big Dan Burn standing on the goal line for every corner, it`s a real head scratcher Bill.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #166

    Loch. No. He is getting on a bit and a battering ram. It may work further down the league, but to beat the top guys, you need more.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #167

    Mitro played us 2x this season. no goals.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #168

    Loch

    I would, loves the Toon and scores goals doubt if he wanted to leave.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #169

    Magic. Compare and contrast corners.

    Arsenal ran in and hit hard. We stand there, jump up, win header but no power as we have not run on to it.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #170

    A floated corner, static header of the ball, where does the goal come from? Or does goalkeeper just say ” Thank you very much”?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #171

    Magic

    Aye as someone said a few days ago any shortarse can stand on the line to impede the GK, you need the likes of BDB and Cybot running in to give impetus for a jump.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #172

    Peter
    Snap! 🙂

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #173

    Still, a club working things out. No complaints from the Pug.

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #174

    🙂

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  • Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #175

    Well, off to bed 05:15 alarm.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #176

    Magic – I don’t disagree on Shearer completely but I have definitely seen his bias creep in sometimes. I think he’s pretty fair though.

    I just disagree on Neville as I think he’s similar to Shearer in terms of being fair, in a way that Keane, Wright, and Carragher cannot be.

    We can agree to disagree though.

    Regarding the semi-final, I have said no to tickets in the Southampton end so won’t be going unless someone ends up with a spare ticket due to a late cancellation from someone. It’s bad enough being in the wrong end for a league game but I really don’t fancy being there for a cup game. It’s so important to us fans. I’ll watch on TV unless I pull a rabbit out of the hat and get a ticket somehow.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #177

    Or again as someone said, whipped in corners, always a chance that a defender might get a nick for an OG.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #178

    TV time, Man in the High Castle, S2 e1

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  • magicmac54

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #179

    Sir Peter the Pug

    Peter i would safely say we haven`t improved at corners one iota despite having some very big players, and i was expecting us to score lots of goals this year from corners and set piece`s, you make a good analogy about the Arsenal game today, we clearly need to come up with a different strategy and a different plan of action, as our present thinking on corners has become stale and predictable Peter.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #180

    Eddie H has just said we’re not getting another Chris Wood anyway.

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  • NY Mag

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #181

    I’m not much of a strategist, but big Dan at the back post seems like a good idea 🙂

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  • magicmac54

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #182

    TDS

    It`s always good to agree to disagree mate, that`s what the blog is all about fella, and everyone is entitled to their opinion at the end of the day. On the Southampton game why don`t you go TDS, i understand you`re preference would be to be in the Newcastle end, but failing that at least you will still see the game live at Saint Marys even if it`s in the Southampton end.

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  • DONK

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #183

    Just got here, but do you reckon arsenal could be the new Leicester? Unfancied team that bucks the trend and comes out tops? Arsenal, the footballing incarnation of Billy Elliot?
    Someone should make a film about them if they win the title.

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  • DONK

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #184

    Obvs not me, I hate them. That winterburn tackle on Ginola still boils my peas. Red card?

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #185

    Magic – I’m quite excited about the chance of winning a cup. I think I’d rather celebrate in a pub than have to be a bit guarded at the ground. It’s a different thing being with fellow Toon fans, I’d go without a doubt. I did meet another Toon fan at the golf club recently so might even see if he fancies watching it at a pub.

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  • DONK

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #186

    Not that it bothers me.

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  • DONK

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #187

    After all these years.

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  • TyneMouth

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #188

    The majority of todays posters probably contributed to Martoon’s invitation to predict the the result of NUFC’s 2022/2023 season.

    I didn’t participate in the project because I was in hospital at that time. However, I remember reading the predictions and being somewhat surprised to read the high level of of pessimistic opinions regarding the progress of the team!

    If my memory serves me well, I think the average prediction was 8th. In spite of finishing 11th last season (2021/2022) most of our points being accumulated after Xmas.

    People have short memories…

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  • magicmac54

    Jan 22, 2023 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #189

    NY Mag

    Big Dan is great at heading the ball out in defensive areas, but he is serving no purpose standing on the goal line for every corner, he needs to be further out from goal so he can attack the ball mate, i just think we need to be a little bit more inventive, and show more imagination at corners and set pieces, it might just reap more rewards mate.

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  • magicmac54

    Jan 22, 2023 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #190

    TDS

    I understand your thinking as regards the match on Tuesday, i hope we get a very favourable result in the 1st leg to take back to Saint James, someone said on here today Man Utd were a poor team and if we get to the final he would rather meet them than Forest 😀 😀 I must be losing it, as i still haven`t figured that one out 😀 😀

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  • Ap

    Jan 22, 2023 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #192

    Need to sign scalvini before inter get him. Only 19. 40 mill

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 22, 2023 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #193

    Magic – I’m totally baffled by that too! The same person probably said they didn’t want us to sign Rashford in the summer as he was more interested in being a social justice warrior than a footballer. Ummm…

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  • Tinos Vino

    Jan 22, 2023 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #194

    raj @180 is that not the biggest clue. i know it is controversial but i dont think a “traditional Striker” suits us anymore. we have evolved as a team and they need to be agile, press high, have some ball skills.

    We have one of the tallest defences in the league ( minus trippier but he is usually taking the corners anyway) if we get those lads active and more importantly effective and accurate in corners there goes the need for a great header of the ball.

    Also with Miggy and Willock being speed merchants someone needs to keep up with them. Ultimately i think thats why woods looked out of sorts for us. Wilson is starting to slow down…

    i am not proposing a false 9 like Barcelona of old but i don’t think we will get a traditional front man either.

    interesting times

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  • Fenham to Chalfont

    Jan 22, 2023 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #195

    Warning warning C&P incoming Raj…

    Regan
    Jan 22, 2023 at 7:28 PM
    Comment #105
    The “thing” on zaha’s head..

    Did it live..

    Ok Raj that was wor Regan above now this is Fenham just in case you get confused

    Regan PMSL 😆

    Zaha had a dead baby road kill fox on his Barnet yesterday. No wonder players sometimes can’t get near him. I mean have you smelled road kill. It smells like Raj’s arm pits after a great north hobble 😆

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 22, 2023 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #196

    Magic
    Sorry mate, had to go eat, then watch some tv with the little one before bedtime…

    But, funny nate, excellent… gave me a chuckle. Totally right tho, aswell.
    😀
    😉

    Allotment today, eeesh! Rock solid ground, damp, moldy summerhouse…hurry up spring!
    Do you have one over there, mate?
    They’re great to escape to!
    HTL

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Jan 22, 2023 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #197

    Yea,
    The old ‘big lads up for the corner’ thing is out hat now…rarely pays off recently, either.
    Need to review our approach.

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  • DONK

    Jan 22, 2023 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #198

    Clint, Having just watched the Viagara boys at Barrowlands, I think to musically express your view that our tactics should be amended try https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0s1tNzhkOM

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  • Ap

    Jan 22, 2023 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #199

    Did saka shithouse rashford?

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  • ChicoUSA

    Jan 22, 2023 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #200

    Quick note re: Lincoln’s famous quote….

    it was not “You can PLEASE some of the people all the time…” etc.

    It was “You can FOOL some of the people all the time…” etc

    🙂

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