The first leg of Newcastle’s Carabao Cup semi-final at Southampton is fast approaching. The club have a great chance at a Wembley final but must overcome the Saints first.
Newcastle enter the match with a bit of an issue in front of the goal. The team has created plenty of chances but finishing them has proved difficult in recent weeks.
Eddie Howe may opt to freshen up his eleven by replacing Callum Wilson with Alexander Isak at the top of the pitch. I suspect he may do just that and field the following team tonight.
The injury situation on Tyneside has significantly improved. Their are just three Magpies ruled out tonight with a fourth, Martin Dubravka, ineligible after playing in the competition during his loan spell at Manchester United.
Southampton also have just three players injured. They have just recalled defender Jan Bednarek from his loan at Villa Park. The Pole is eligible to play tonight.
Emil Krafth (knee), Jonjo Shelvey (calf), Matt Targett (heel), Martin Dubravka (cup-tied)
Juan Larios (muscular), Tino Livramento (knee), Stuart Armstrong (groin)
Our poll shows that fans remain optimistic of another excellent result. Well over 90% of voters expect Newcastle to leave St Mary’s in excellent shape for the second leg next Tuesday. The priority tonight is to set the stage for a comfortable night in one week.