If the Magpies want to lift their first trophy in a million years on the turf of Wembley Stadium, they will have to defeat Soton in a two-leg semi-finals matchup.
The first game will take place at St. Mary’s Stadium in the week starting on Jan. 23rd, with the second-leg game being played at St James’ Park where Newcastle has excelled this season.
Southampton defeated eight-time winners Manchester City on Wednesday night in the closing game of the Carabao Cup’s quarter-finals matchups. The Saints knocked out City winning their game 2-0 while Nottingham Forest beat Wolves 4-3 on penalties to qualify along with Manchester United, winners on Tuesday.
The Magpies have never in their history lifted the League Cup, and even more worryingly they are looking at a 68-year span without a single trophy.
The Toon surely is closer than ever to reaching glory this season, though, currently sitting third in the Premier League and three games away from winning the Carabao Cup.
That contrasts mightily with Southampton, sitting dead-last in the EPL table on 12 points through 18 games played. The Saints will give it all to win the cup while getting ready to play Championship football next season, so Newcastle better watch out to avoid surprises through the next few weeks of knockout-tournament play.