Newcastle United’s predicted starting XI to face Southampton. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Newcastle United’s confirmed starting line-up v Southampton: Eddie Howe makes bold call

Newcastle United’s starting line-up to face Southampton in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final has been confirmed.

Newcastle United are unchanged from the goalless draw at Crystal Palace for tonight’s Carabao Cup semi-final clash at Southampton (kick-off 8pm).

Eddie Howe has named the same starting line-up for the fourth match in a row as the Magpies eye a positive result to take to St James’ Park for the second half a week today.

This is United’s first League Cup semi-final since 1976, and their first in all competitions in 18 years. Howe, however, is desperate to go one step further.

“Yeah, we’re delighted to be where were are but the semi-final itself isn’t enough,” Howe said during his pre-match press conference. “I don’t think it’s enough for anybody.

“To say you got to a semi-final means nothing. You want to get one step further. I know the players feel the same way.

“Me and my coaching team feel passionate about it, that we want to make the final but we have to navigate these two games and hey are going to be very difficult.”

Scroll through our gallery below to see Newcastle United’s starting XI at St Mary’s in full:

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