Three things we learned from Newcastle – Southampton

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Newcastle – Southampton: Allan Saint-Maximin set up for two goals and Miguel Almiron bagged a brace as 9-man Newcastle United rode their luck in a 3-2 win over Southampton at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

Newcastle finished with nine men after an early second-half sending off of Jeff Hendrick was joined by a bad injury to Fabian Schar after Steve Bruce had made all three substitutions in part due to injuries to Callum Wilson and Javier Manquillo.

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Arsenal loanee Joe Willock scored on debut for Newcastle and Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino did the same for Southampton and James Ward-Prowse scored a typically-wonderful free kick in the loss.

Newcastle moves 11 points clear of 18th-place Fulham in avenging an early-season loss at St. Mary’s. The Magpies are four points behind 12th-place Southampton.

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Three things we learned from Newcastle – Southampton

1. Chaos reigns at St. James’ Park: If you wanted to introduce a new fan to the “anything is possible” nature to the Premier League, slap this one on DVD or some other mode of safekeeping. The Magpies took a 2-0 lead via free-flowing football — a welcome respite from recent performances regardless of result — and Saints struck for their two goals in highlight-reel style. Jeff Hendrick’s ridiculous second yellow card looked like he had no idea about the first, but set up a wild finish. That was made even crazier by a bad injury to Schar, who was stretchered off with what looked like a long-term problem after being kicked squarely below the knee, as Newcastle finished with nine men.

2. Almiron’s finest hour: Ex-Atlanta United star Miguel Almiron had arguably the best game of his Newcastle career in his 78th appearance for the club, producing two goals and showing not just his threat and industry — which is usually apparent — but control of his talent and cool in the final moment. He upped his NUFC goals from 11 to 13, and added three tackles while winning 6-of-9 duels when forced to deploy his best defensive stance.

3. Southampton woes continue: Saints’ fifth-straight loss showed that there were still new ways for them to drop points. Deserved 2-0 losers at Leicester and home to Arsenal, Southampton was vastly superior to Villa in 1-0 loss at St. Mary’s and then finished with nine men in a 9-0 midweek loss at Manchester United. The side’s bad run of injuries combined with the overall chaos of Saturday to highlight that sometimes things just aren’t going to go your way in the Premier League.

Man of the Match: Allan Saint-Maximin

Only went 67 minutes during his first start in ages, but the Frenchman was electric in setting up the first two goals and completing seven of nine dribble attempts while winning 12-of-15 duels and drawing three fouls. He’s their no-doubt best talent and it’s hard to imagine someone won’t be waving big money at Newcastle for his services soon.


Newcastle – Southampton recap

Willock, 21, feasted off the spoils of Allan Saint-Maximin playmaking to open the scoring, as the assisting Frenchman made his first start in months.

The youngster was on the right side when Saint-Max took a long ball out of the air with his chest and dusted off his mark to sent a pass through the 18 for Willock to slot home.

Almiron had it 2-0 when he took a pass from Saint-Maximin and hit a cross/shot that turned off Bednarek’s heel to fool Alex McCarthy.

That’s when Minamino got on the score sheet with a vicious finish to pull Saints back within one, Ryan Bertrand getting the assist.

But Almiron was back amongst the goals on a 3v2 break before halftime, restoring Newcastle’s two-goal lead from inside the 18.

Shelvey came close to scoring Newcastle’s fourth just after the break and would’ve been ruing that miss when Ward-Prowse whipped out his latest set-piece marvel in the 48th minute.

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No sooner had that happened that Jeff Hendrick took one of the worst (read: least necessary) second yellow cards you’ll ever see to put Newcastle down a man but up a goal for the final 40 minutes.

Saints were so nearly level when Danny Ings struck the far post and the ball headed back into traffic but straight into Karl Darlow’s hands.

Che Adams then had the ball in the goal with a 65th-minute goal but Ings was offside in the build-up.

But Southampton found no answer even after Schar was kicked hard on the shin and could not move his right leg, leaving Newcastle with nine men and no subs for the final 15 minutes.

Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest, League Cup semifinal 2nd leg: How to watch

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The mission for Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford in Wednesday’s League Cup semifinal second leg is pretty simple: Don’t mess it up.

Manchester United are in firm control after leg 1 after securing a 3-0 victory at the City Ground on Wednesday.

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United last won the League Cup in 2017, the Red Devils’ fifth title in the competition. Forest won the last of its four League Cup titles when it completed back-to-back titles in 1990.


How to watch Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3pm ET, Wednesday
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Key storylines & in-form Manchester United vs Nottingham Forest players to watch 

The injury lists for both teams mean we won’t see some serious talents including Morgan Gibbs-White and Christian Eriksen.

It will be interesting to see how Erik ten Hag lines up United without Eriksen and perhaps Scott McTominay, but we know we’ll see Marcus Rashford. The English forward is back ton his best.

Forest will hope to have Taiwo Awoniyi back in the fold, but young Brazilian center midfielder Danilo has been promising through his first two matches roaming the heart of the pitch after moving from Palmeiras.


Manchester United team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Jadon Sancho (undisclosed), Luke Shaw (illness), Scott McTominay (undisclosed). OUT: Donny van de Beek (knee), Christian Eriksen (ankle), Diogo Dalot (thigh), Axel Tuanzebe (lower back), Anthony Martial (thigh).

Nottingham Forest team news, injuries, lineup options

QUESTIONABLE: Taiwo Awoniyi (groin), Chris Wood (illness), Jack Colback (illness), Ryan Yates (illness),  OUT: Omar Richards (calf), Moussa Niakhate (thigh), Dean Henderson (thigh), Giulian Biancone (knee), Cheikhou Kouyate (thigh), Morgan Gibbs-White (ankle).

Newcastle vs Southampton, live, in League Cup semifinal: Score, updates, link, lineups

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Newcastle lead Southampton 1-0 ahead of the sides’ League Cup semifinal second leg at St. James’ Park on Tuesday (watch live, 3 pm ET). 

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After securing their narrow advantage down on the south coast last week, Newcastle are firm favorites to reach a major cup final for the first time since the 1998-99 FA Cup, when the Magpies were beaten by the famed, treble-winning Manchester United side.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Newcastle vs Southampton

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How to watch Newcastle vs Southampton live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3 pm ET, Tuesday
Online: Stream via ESPN+


Key storylines & star players

Eddie Howe’s side has performed well above expectations this season, mounting a serious top-four challenge one or two years ahead of reasonable expectations. Getting to — and winning — a final in the same season would merely be icing on the cake for Howe, who took over the Premier League’s 19th-place side (5 points from 11 games) from Steve Bruce in November 2021.

Saints reached the League Cup final in 2017, but were somewhat controversially beaten by Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. Southampton have won more cup ties (6 of 7) than PL fixtures (4 of 20), which goes a long way toward explaining why Nathan Jones’ side sits rock-bottom of the PL table with just 15 points.


Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Jonjo Shelvey (calf), Matt Targett (foot), Emil Krafth (knee)

Southampton team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Valentino Livramento (knee), Juan Larios (adductor), Duje Caleta-Car (suspension), Moussa Djenepo (head), Alex McCarthy (ankle)

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Chelsea in Portugal for Enzo Fernandez medical ahead of record deal

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Chelsea is ready to trigger Enzo Fernandez’s $129 million release clause and is in Portugal to conduct a Deadline Day medical on the World Cup winner.

The fee would break the British record set by Manchester City when it purchased Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

Fernandez, 21, has been chased by Chelsea for some time and wants to make the move to Stamford Bridge from Benfica.

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The Argentina star has a goal and six assists in 22 matches across all competitions, but his skills as an elite ball progressor are what most attracts the Blues.

Fernandez ranks in the 99th percentile of midfielders in progressive passes per 90 at 9.47 and in the 95th percentile in shot-creating actions per 90 (FBref.com).

Chelsea’s revolutionized its squad since the club was purchased by Todd Boehly’s consortium last year, with Wesley Fofana, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, and many more.

Follow Peacock’s Sky Sports News simulstream from Noon-7pm ET Tuesday, and join ProSoccerTalk’s Deadline Day Show at 5pm ET.

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Transfer Deadline Day, live! Join our show, send questions, analysis

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Transfer deadline day is here for January 2023, as the winter window shuts at 6pm ET on Jan. 31 for Premier League clubs.

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The clock is ticking late in the window and we will have all angles covered for you here at Pro Soccer Talk.

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From clicking on the links above to read the latest reports and analysis, having Sky Sports News live on Peacock all day long and to our own Pro Soccer Talk live deadline day show which starts at 5:30pm ET on Jan. 31, you won’t miss a thing.

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Click on the video below to send in your questions for the PST crew for our deadline day chat where we will round up all of the deals happening late in the window, dish out grades to Premier League teams based on their business and give our analysis on the best signings of the January window.