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WATCH: Newcastle's EFL Cup final chances

Ahead of their trip to Wembley on Sunday for the EFL Cup Final against Manchester United, Graham Hunter, Kelly Somers and Sam Matterface discuss Newcastle's chances of glory.

Sunday provides the first domestic final of the season, as two heavyweights of English football Manchester United (6/5) and Newcastle (12/5) do battle at Wembley for a chance at EFL Cup success. 

Newcastle have enjoyed an excellent season, they have lost fewer league games than anybody and are knocking on the door of a place in next year's Champions League - a trophy to top it all off is the final piece of the jigsaw needed to make this season truly go down in history.

However, history dictates that it won't be easy for the Magpies.

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Newcastle haven't competed in a major final at Wembley for over two decades, where they lost 1999's FA Cup final to none other than Manchester United. 

You have to go back even further for the Magpies' last success at the national stadium, all the way back to 1955, when Newcastle beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final.

The way this season has gone, you wouldn't be called foolish to believe that Eddie Howe's side have an excellent chance of ending their long wait for silverware, but recent preparations have thrown something of a spanner into the works. 

They are without a win in their last four league games and the most recent of those saw goalkeeper, and key part of Newcastle's defensive solidity this season, Nick Pope sent for an early bath when receiving a red card for a moment of madness against Liverpool.

That red card means that the English shot-stopper will have to watch the final from the stands. It's not all doom and gloom though, as one player will be finishing his stint from watching in the stands. 

Bruno Guimaraes received a three-match ban for his red card in the EFL Cup semi-final against Southampton but thankfully for him, and Newcastle, the midfield maestro was able to serve his ban through the three Premier League games before Sunday's final.

The Brazilian has been a key part of Newcastle's success this season and his absence was telling, his return for the final could just give them the spark needed to achieve glory. 

In the video above, Sam Matterface, Kelly Somers and Graham Hunter discuss the Magpies and their chances of finally clinching a trophy after a wait that has spanned across decades.

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