Newcastle United will take on Southampton as they welcome them to St. James’ Park for the first leg of the EFL Cup Semifinals. The Magpies come into the match on the back of a lacklustre draw against Crystal Palace, so they will be hoping to produce a better result in this home encounter and take the lead.
Eddie Howe will probably make use of the 4-3-3 formation and is expected to keep the changes to a minimum, so we can expect to see Callum Wilson leading the charge for his side while Nick Pope continues in between the sticks.
4-3-3 Newcastle United Predicted XI Vs Southampton
Nick Pope will continue to feature in between the sticks for the Magpies hoping to produce a strong display and keep a clean sheet again. Sven Botman will function alongside Fabian Schar at the heart of Newcastle’s backline as they hope to keep things solid at the back throughout the game.
Kieran Trippier will continue as the right-back while Dan Burn keeps his place on the other side as the left-back. Howe will give both of them the license to get forward and join in on the attack at every chance.
Jamaal Lascelles will be named on the bench as he provides cover for the centre-back positions.
Joe Willock, Bruno Guimaraes and Sean Longstaff will make up Newcastle’s midfield as they try to dominate possession at the centre of the park and engineer enough chances for the Magpies to win this contest.
Jacob Murphy will have to be content with a spot on the bench as he waits for his chance to shine in the second 45 minutes if Howe opts to call upon his services.
Joelinton will function as the left-sided wide player while Miguel Almiron hopes to put on an influential display on the right wing. Both of them will be tasked with creating decent opportunities in front of the goal.
As mentioned earlier, Callum Wilson will continue to lead the charge for the Tyneside club up top. He will be looking to find the back of the net and get his name on the scoresheet as he goes against the opposition in this midweek contest.
Chris Wood and Allan Saint-Maximin will be named on the bench and might come on to make an impact in the latter stages of the game if needed.