Kick-off: 2000, 31/01/2023
Stadium: St James’ Park
TV: Sky Sports
Newcastle are holding all the aces in their EFL Cup semi-final clash with Southampton ahead of Tuesday’s second leg at St James’ Park.
The Magpies prevailed 1-0 in last week’s opening encounter at St Mary’s Stadium and are unbeaten on home turf so far this season.
Saints will have to come out and chase the game, so 5/4 for United to win and over 2.5 goals this time is our first Newcastle vs Southampton prediction.
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Joelinton’s 73rd-minute close-range strike gave Newcastle the edge in the first leg, following some great work from Alexander Isak.
The Brazilian front man earlier had a goal ruled out by VAR for handball and missed another golden opportunity to score.
At the other end, Adam Armstrong had an equaliser chalked off for handball by VAR, while Nick Pope twice saved well from Che Adams.
The late dismissal of Saints defender Duje Caleta-Car capped off a frustrating night for Southampton and Newcastle are clear favourites to reach Wembley for the first time since 1999.
“We’ve got a huge game to play,” said head coach Eddie Howe. “We respect Southampton and the threats they have in their team and we need to make sure we’re at our best.
“We’ll have the crowd support behind us, that will be hugely important, but we need to use it in the right way.”
These teams usually produce entertaining encounters when they meet at St James’ Park, with last season’s 2-2 Premier League draw following 3-2, 2-1 and 3-1 wins for the Magpies.
Looking at the 5/2 for a home victory and both sides to score.
Southampton midfielder Armstrong was a Newcastle academy graduate and boyhood Magpies fan and he insisted Saints are still in this tie.
“We’ll go to St James’ with something to believe,” declared the 25-year-old. “It’s going to be a great atmosphere.
“It’s a massive game, what footballers live for, semi-finals, big competitions, chance to get to Wembley.
“We can’t get too down, we’re still in it. We’re going to go there and have a right go.”
Saints have since qualified for the fifth round of the FA Cup, with Romain Perraud bagging both goals in a 2-1 home win over Blackpool.
Nathan Jones made eight changes for that clash with the Championship strugglers, so the majority of his main men should be fresh enough here.
We believe the visitors will have their moments on Tyneside, but Newcastle will be tough to overcome in front of a fired-up Toon Army.
Let’s add 18/5 for the hosts to oblige 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1 to our Newcastle vs Southampton betting tips.
SOUTHAMPTON 0-1 NEWCASTLE – Joelinton
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