‘Redemption’ - Pundit makes ‘fairytale’ Newcastle United and Karius prediction against Man Utd

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A look ahead to the Carabao Cup final between Newcastle United and Manchester United

Pundit Chris Sutton has backed Loris Karius to be the hero for Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup final. The Toon Army are preparing to face fellow Premier League side Manchester United at Wembley.

Number one goalkeeper Nick Pope is suspended which has paved the way for Karius to be the most likely candidate to play between the sticks. The German stopper played in the Champions League final for Liverpool back in 2018 against Real Madrid and made two infamous howlers.

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Newcastle will be hoping he can put in a solid performance as their eye their first trophy for 68 years. Sutton has backed his side to win on penalties, as per BBC Sport: “Whether we like it or not, we all remember Karius for what happened in the 2018 Champions League final. I really felt for him then, but this is his chance for redemption.

“For him to win at Wembley, and be the hero too, would be a fairytale because it is so unlikely - but you know what, let’s go for the fairytale. Marcus Rashford is in ridiculous form for Manchester United at the moment and you have to make the Magpies the underdogs here.

“Yes, Ten Hag’s side got away with things a little bit against Leicester and also have to play Barcelona on Thursday while Newcastle have a free week, but Manchester United are clear favourites. I don’t care about that, though. I think this game will go the distance and Karius will make the difference, right at the very end. Sutton’s prediction: 1-1, Newcastle to win after extra time and penalties.”

Newcastle signed Karius last September on an initial short-term deal before his contract was extended until the end of the season. He was brought in as competition and cover.

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The 29-year-old was on the books at Liverpool from 2016 to 2022 and played 49 times for the Reds, as well as having loan spells away at Besiktas and Union Berlin after the Champions League final. He has also played for Mainz in the past.

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