We’re back at St James’ tonight as Rafa Benitez’s men go for the EFL Cup jugular against Preston North End. With our 1st spot in the Championship table getting more cemented by the week, a very winnable round of 16 match-up in the League Cup tonight could lead the Toon to fighting (and winning) on multiple fronts this season.
Elsewhere in the competition’s fixtures, Premier League big boys Liverpool and Spurs lock horns as well as Manchester rivals City and United. This essentially means, should we progress to the last 8 this evening, that two of these aforementioned four sides will already be avoided.
With the likes of Hull City, Leeds United and Bristol City also in the fray, a healthy dollop of lady luck in the quarter final draw could give us a very charterable path to the final at Wembley.
Dare we dream of a cup and league double? Very much so, but let’s get tonight out the way first and see where we’re at when the elusive last 8 draw is made.