Southampton play host to Newcastle in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-finals, and we've BOOSTED the odds on a number of markets including a juicy 11/4 shot.
Nathan Jones' Southampton (17/4) can draw on their success at home to Manchester City in the last round for inspiration against high-flying Newcastle (8/11), with the Magpies desperate for their first taste of silverware since 1955.
Saints' quarter-final victory against Pep Guardiola's Man City stars was undoubtedly the highlight of new manager Jones' short tenure to date, displaying the high intensity approach the Welshman was famed for during his time in charge of Luton Town in a stunning 2-0 win over the reigning Premier League champions.
This Newcastle side will provide another stern test, however, with Eddie Howe's men currently sat third in the Premier League boasting the country's meanest defence, having conceded just 11 goals in 20 league matches.
With both clubs starved of success in cup competitions for too long, this semi-final matchup provides an opening for each of these teams to take their place in the Wembley final, where they will face either Manchester United or Nottingham Forest.
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Without a trophy win for almost seven decades, and having last reached a domestic cup final in 1999, Newcastle United will view this year's EFL Cup as a great opportunity to finally end their trophy drought.
Third place in the Premier League table, and with the two teams above them in Arsenal and Manchester City having both already exited the competition, the EFL Cup has a very open feel ahead of the semi-finals with all four remaining teams likely to fancy their chances of glory.
Standing in Newcastle's way of a trip to Wembley for the final are the Premier League's bottom club Southampton, who have fared significantly better in cup competitions this year.
In the only meeting between the two sides this season, Newcastle crushed Saints 4-1 at St Mary's in what ultimately proved to be ex-manager Ralph Hasenhuttl's final match in charge. This is likely to give the Magpies confidence as they head south again, backed by a spirited fanbase desperate for cup glory.
Newcastle have struggled in front of goal in recent times, though, having found the net just once in their last four Premier League matches. Indeed an improved performance in the final third will be required in order to secure victory at St Mary's in what is likely to be a tense affair.
Two players who look primed to be charged with giving the Geordie side impetus going forward on the night are Miguel Almiron and Alexander Isak, with the former having notched in Newcastle's successful last visit to Southampton in November.
Big money summer signing Isak has been out of the starting XI in recent months as he recovered from a thigh injury, with the trip to face Saints in the EFL Cup appearing an ideal time for manager Eddie Howe to reinstate the fit-again striker into the team, especially considering his side's woes in front of goal.
Isak has registered an impressive 2.2 Shots on Target per 90 minutes in the Premier League for Newcastle this campaign, whilst Almiron has enjoyed his best season on Tyneside with 9 goals in all competitions.
Should Newcastle, as expected, get the better of Saints in this first leg of the EFL Cup semis, expect this forward duo to be heavily involved.
Match result will be Newcastle
Alexander Isak to Score Anytime in the Match
Over 2 Goals in the Match
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Match result will be Southampton
Che Adams - Over 0.5 Shots on Target in the Match
Adam Armstrong - Over 0.5 Shots on Target in the Match
Was 10/1 >> Now 12/1
Match result will be Southampton or Draw
James Ward-Prowse - Over 0.5 Shots on Target in the Match
Both Teams to Score in the Match - Yes
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