Steve Bruce’s side received a major confidence boost thanks to a fine 1-0 win over Tottenham at the weekend, and their quest now has to be further silence their numerous doubters.
Which side will continue their positive momentum in this encounter?
|Game||Newcastle United vs Leicester City|
|Date||Wednesday, August 28|
|Time||7:45pm BST / 2:45pm ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game will not be broadcast or available for streaming.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast or available for streaming. BBC Radio Leicester will carry a live commentary of the match, however.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
Squads & Team News
|Position||Newcastle United squad|
|Goalkeepers||Dubravka, Elliot, Darlow|
|Defenders||Lascelles, Schar, Clark, Dummett, Willems, Krafth, Fernandez, Manquillo|
|Midfielders||Shelvey, Ritchie, Hayden, Almiron, Atsu, Ki, S. Longstaff, M. Longstaff|
|Forwards||Joelinton, Carroll, Gayle, Saint-Maximin, Muto|
Confirmed Newcastle XI: Darlow; Krafth, Schar, Clark, Fernandez, Willems; Longstaff, Hayden, Shelvey; Richie, Muto
|Position||Leicester City squad|
|Defenders||Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Justin, Morgan, Benkovic, Amartey, Fuchs|
|Midfielders||Ndidi, Tielemans, Choudhury, Praet, Barnes, Albrighton, Gray, James, Mendy, Ghezzal|
|Forwards||Perez, Vardy, Maddison, Iheanacho, Diabate|
Confirmed Leicester XI: Schmeichel; Ricardo, Morgan, Soyuncu, Fuchs; Tielemans, Choudhury; Perez, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy
Betting & Match Odds
Newcastle are 23/10 outsiders at bet365 to win this game in 90 minutes. Leicester can be supported at 23/20 while a draw is available at 5/2.
Newcastle and Leicester face off in the pick of the Carabao Cup second round ties, with St. James’ Park the venue for the two Premier League outfits to meet.
For the home side, it is a tie that arrives at an inopportune moment. Though the squad is on a high after Joelinton’s strike carried them to an unexpected victory at Tottenham on Sunday – their first Premier League points of the season – it was a bruising encounter and Steve Bruce approaches this fixture with concerns over many regulars.
With top-flight survival at the top of the Magpies’ agenda, they cannot significantly commit to this fixture and so no risks will be taken over their top stars.
“We have experienced players behind us still, so we hope to give the cup a good go,” Bruce said, maintaining an upbeat mood.
“If Hull are capable of getting to cup final and maintaining Premier League status then surely a club like this can. We’ve now got a squad of 25 players which we named but we can’t put four or five [new faces] in which is disappointing for me. But we’ve got a squad capable and big enough to make changes.”
In the opposing dugout, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers can look at the Carabao Cup more optimistically, having seen his side start the Premier League in strong fashion, with draws against European hopefuls Wolves and Chelsea followed by a win against Sheffield United that was capped by a blockbuster strike from Harvey Barnes.
“We’ve got one game a week. It’s not as if we’re playing 60-odd games a season and we’ve got to rest players. Between now and Christmas we’ll have very few midweek games
“Of course we would like to have a good run in the cup competitions. That’s what we’ve all agreed. We’ve spoken on that.
“We’ll always put a team out that we think can get a result. Players have a chance every day to prove to be in the team, so we’ll pick a side that can win the game.”
The 2015-16 Premier League winners are seeking their first League Cup triumph since 2000, while Newcastle have never won the competition or indeed any major domestic silverware since the 1955 FA Cup.