Newcastle look work backing to get the better of Hull in Tuesday's quarter-final tie.
Hull v Newcastle - Tuesday 19:45
A crowd of only 13,000 is expected at the KCOM Stadium after Hull refused to increase Newcastle’s allocation of 2,400 tickets but the Magpies should have enough about them to leave the hosts feeling altogether inferior come the final whistle. Take the 13/5 available on Newcastle/Newcastle half time/full time and back it up with a bet on the visitors to win both halves.
The Geordies suffered a rare hiccup in their quest for an immediate return to the Premier League at the weekend, slipping to a shock home defeat against Blackburn. But it says a lot about Rafa Benitez’s appetite for this competition that he chose to rest six players against Owen Coyle’s men, looking ahead to this game.
The prospect of becoming the first manager to lead Newcastle to major silverware since 1969 is evidently too enticing for the Spaniard to resist, and who can blame him? Given the depth of his squad and their recent stranglehold on the league in which they are now competing, this probably the club’s most realistic chance since their last major final in 1999.
With Sam Clucas, Ryan Mason, Abel Hernandez, Alex Bruce, Shaun Maloney, Allan McGregor, Will Keane and Moses Odubajo all absent for the Tigers, Newcastle can return to their habit of grabbing the first goal and taking full advantage of the spaces that open up thereafter. The respective goal differences (-17 versus +22) tell you everything about the mood in both camps.