The ruins of Manchester City’s Capital One Cup retention dreams were still smouldering as conquerors Newcastle pulled Tottenham out of the hat in the draw for the quarter-final.
All and sundry expected the stricken Citizens to slay a Toon side with pressing Premier League matters to focus on, but Alan Pardew’s men produced a startling performance to record a 2-0 win at the Etihad.
Their price to go on and hoist the trophy stands at a beefy 12/1, which seems more than a little overblown considering they’ve just dismissed the holders.
Chelsea are difficult to look beyond at 5/4, but there’s plenty of value in the Magpies’ price.
In besting Man City they’ve seen off a side of similar stature to the Blues, what’s to say they can’t do it again if their paths cross?
Newcastle have beaten Jose Mourinho’s men on one occasion in each of the previous four campaigns so drawing the west Londoners at any point in the future won’t be as daunting as it sounds.
To enable that to happen, however, they must first beat Spurs at White Hart Lane in the last eight.
No big deal, it’s a feat they’ve achieved on each of their previous two visits.
The Lane has been anything but a stronghold this term, with the Lilywhites failing to prevail in four of the ten games they’ve hosted so far.
This competition has been good to teams hailing from the north east of England across the past decade too.
Middlesbrough won it in 2004 while Sunderland were 45 minutes away from following suit in last season’s final, squandering a 1-0 half-time lead over Man City to ultimately lose 3-1.
Newcastle even making the semi-final is anything but nailed on, let alone having their name engraved on the cup, but if Southampton are as short as 6/1, there’s definitely cause to argue that the Tynesiders are underappreciated in this market.