Carabao cup first Semifinals 2nd leg
The Carabao cup match second leg of semifinals between New castle and Southampton is about to held tomorrow. Newcastle will be trying for a victory for which would take them to the finals. The EFL Cup returns to the fold with another round of matches this week as Southampton lock horns with Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United side in a second-leg semi-final clash at St. James’ Park.
Southampton are currently rooted to the bottom of the Premier League standings and have largely failed to meet expectations so far this season. The Saints edged Blackpool to a 2-1 victory in the FA Cup in their previous game and have a point to prove this week.
Newcastle United, on the other hand, are in third place in the league table at the moment and have consistently punched above their weight this season. The home side defeated Southampton by a 1-0 scoreline in the reverse fixture and will look to take it up a notch in this Carabao match.
Newcastle tribute in Carabao cup
Newcastle United have excelled in the Premier League this season and will be intent on winning silverware in the coming months. The likes of Miguel Almiron and Joelinton have stepped up to the plate so far and will look to make their mark in this fixture.
Profligacy plagued Newcastle during their most recent Premier League contest, which ended in a goalless stalemate with Crystal Palace, and lightning very nearly struck twice on the South coast as Howe’s men struggled to make their dominance count in the first leg.
Joelinton in particular was guilty of an atrocious miss, but the Brazilian finally got one right in the 73rd minute, tapping home from Alexander Isak’s low cross before Duje Caleta-Car was given an amusing farewell by Jacob Murphy after being given his marching orders.
Putting one foot firmly in the final – where Man United will surely lie in wait for Tuesday’s victors after beating Forest 3-0 in their first leg – Newcastle are inching ever closer to capping off their remarkable rise with a long-awaited major piece of silverware, which has eluded them since their 1954-55 FA Cup triumph.
A third-round elimination to Sheffield Wednesday in that competition this year means that Howe’s side have had a full week to recover from their St Mary’s endeavours, and they could now reach a domestic cup final for the first time since the 1998-99 FA Cup, which ended in final heartache to Manchester United.
A gap of 47 years between EFL Cup finals – with Newcastle last reaching the showpiece game in 1976 – would be the longest in history should Howe’s side finish the job on Tuesday, and a run of eight consecutive clean sheets at home makes them firm favourites to do just that.
In contrast, there were no clean sheets to be had at St Mary’s when Southampton welcomed fellow coastal side Blackpool for an FA Cup fourth-round tie on Saturday, but a brace from the unlikeliest of sources sealed a narrow 2-1 win and a spot in round five for Nathan Jones’s crop.
Left-back Romain Perraud broke the deadlock on the 22-minute mark, firing home a sumptuous free kick before making it a double for himself in the second half, and Southampton survived a nail-biting finale after Arsenal loanee Charlie Patino pulled one back for Blackpool.
Still fighting for Carabao cup glory on two fronts this season, Southampton are now aiming to become just the third team in EFL Cup history to reach the final after losing the first leg at home, with Stoke City’s winners of 1972 and Arsenal’s victors of 1987 both doing so.
Most in red and white will surely make the long journey North in hope rather than expectation, though, as Southampton have kept just one clean sheet from their last 15 in all tournaments, although that did come against Manchester City earlier in the EFL Cup.
The Saints have also recorded a pair of 2-1 victories at Everton and Palace away from home in 2023, although Newcastle are unbeaten in their last six meetings with Southampton at St James’ Park, but Howe’s charges cannot afford to dream of Wembley too early on Tuesday.