Southampton host Newcastle in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Tuesday, and these two Premier League teams have very different seasons.
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Nathan Jones and Saints are bottom of the Premier League table but have been given a breather by cup competitions in recent weeks. Their impressive win at home against Manchester City to reach the semi-finals shows what they are capable of and while Premier League safety is their top priority, the Saints have been a pretty decent cup side recently with two Premier League semi-finals. FA Cup, a League Cup final and now this. League Cup semi-final in the last seven seasons.
Newcastle are at the opposite end of the table and are fighting for a top four finish under Eddie Howe. They are currently on their longest unbeaten streak in the history of the top flight and they are very difficult to break. Newcastle have struggled in cup competitions for many seasons so reaching the League Cup semi-final is a great achievement for them and they are heavy favorites to reach the final at Wembley.
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Here’s everything you need to know for Southampton vs Newcastle at St Mary’s.
How to watch Southampton vs Newcastle live, streaming link and start time
Start: 3 pm ET, Tuesday
TV channel: ESPN+
Online: Updates via NBCSports.com
Key stories and fit players to watch
Nathan Jones has Southampton just two points from safety and all is not lost in their quest to stay in the Premier League. But time is running out. The Saints are less fun to watch right now as they are working on being solid defensively. They have improved in that area, but continue to concede goals from set pieces. They have to stop doing that. James Ward-Prowse continues to score goals at key moments, but they really need new signings like Carlos Alcaraz and Mislav Orsic to step up and offer more quality in the final third. Saints will try to keep things in order ahead of the second leg at Newcastle next Tuesday.
Newcastle remain very solid defensively, but Eddie Howe has admitted that he is concerned about their lack of goals. The Magpies have scored just once in their last four Premier League games and have drawn three of their last four 0-0. With Chris Wood cleared to leave for Nottingham Forest last week, it seems Newcastle are hoping Alexander Isak will reach his best post-injury form or they can plunge into the transfer market for a new striker. Everyone is expecting Newcastle to progress from this semi-final and they will be looking to take a healthy lead back to St James’ Park for the second leg.
Southampton team news, injuries, line-up options
Theo Walcott is back, while Armel Bella-Kotchap is close to returning and Jan Bednarek has been released from his loan at Aston Villa to add experience to Saints’ central ranks. Jones will rotate his squad a lot in the coming days between these League Cup semi-finals, an FA Cup fourth round tie against Blackpool in the middle and then a game away at Brentford. Saints desperately need Che Adams to regain his scoring touch, while the likes of Moussa Djenepo, Sekou Mara and Orsic are likely to start this game.
Newcastle team news, injuries, line-up options
Bruno Guimares returned from his ankle injury and played for Newcastle at Palace. He didn’t look as dynamic as usual, so maybe I’ll rest for this one. Other than that, Jonjo Shelvey, Emil Krafth and Matt Targett remain injured. Eddie Howe will go with his strongest possible starting line-up and Allan Saint-Maximin generally loves playing against Southampton.
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