Newcastle host Southampton on Tuesday in the biggest game the club have faced for decades.
Not since 1999 have the Magpies been in a domestic cup final but the 1-0 win away on the south coast last week teed up a first trip to the new Wembley, outside of playing a rehoused Tottenham.
Joelinton’s strike at St Mary’s Stadium has given Eddie Howe’s side a narrow advantage heading into the tie, though Newcastle were again guilty of missing the kind of chances that would have taken the game out of sight.
Still, it seems hugely unlikely Newcastle will ever get quite as good a chance to make it to a cup final. Already leading against a team currently bottom of the Premier League and playing in front of home support, this feels like an opportunity that simply cannot be missed.
In the other semi-final, it looks like Manchester United await the victor here given their commanding lead over Nottingham Forest.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Newcastle United vs Southampton is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off time on Tuesday January 31, 2023.
St James’ Park in Newcastle will host.
Where to watch Newcastle United vs Southampton
TV channel: The game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Ultra HDR.
Live stream: The Sky Go app will offer a live steam service across mobile devices, laptops, tablets and games consoles.
Newcastle United vs Southampton team news
At this stage, there are not thought to be any fresh injury concerns for Newcastle. Howe, of course, will provide further updates at Monday’s pre-match press conference, but the team have had a week off since the away leg given their early FA Cup exit.
Jonjo Shelvey, Emil Krafth and Matt Targett are long-term absentees, while the major selection headache comes up front. Callum Wilson has not scored since before the World Cup and Alexander Isak played a key role in teeing up Joelinton’s winner, so perhaps the Swede could start.
For the Saints, manager Nathan Jones rested a number of key players for Saturday’s FA Cup win over Blackpool. Indeed, all of Gavin Bazunu, Kyle Walker-Peters, Mohammed Salisu and Carlos Alcaraz are expected to return, while Duje Caleta-Car is free from suspension.
Newcastle United vs Southampton prediction
Newcastle are the strong favourites, particularly given their outstanding record at home. In recent weeks, however, Howe’s team aren’t exactly blowing their opposition away, so it could be a nervy evening.
Newcastle to win 2-0.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Newcastle wins: 44
Southampton wins: 38