Newcastle fans appear to be pretty confident about tonight’s match.
The bookies backing up that general feeling by making United clear favourites as well, to win in 90 minutes Newcastle are 6/5 and Hull 12/5, which is all a bit mad.
A Premier League team at home to a lower division one!
It was never ideal that this quarter-final match would fall between two Championship matches only six days apart. Then fair to say that anybody looking at the three fixtures would have marked the Blackburn game as the easiest of the three…
I think Rafa, his players, and the fans, can all travel with confidence but the prices offered by the bookies are surely way out of line.
Hull have had a chaotic time with Steve Bruce walking out, the club’s owners showing crass stupidity, and a run of five Premier League losses in a row BUT…they aren’t no-hopers and this game is going to be really tough.
Hull have drawn with West Brom and beaten Southampton in their last two home games, clubs who are 9th and 10th in the Premier League respectively.
Whilst Newcastle have been served up a series of gifts at home in the League Cup, Hull have went to Exeter, Bristol City & Stoke and beaten them all with a weakened line-up.
I think Rafa Benitez has built an excellent team/squad to get us out of the Championship but have we really got more Premier League standard players than Hull have.
Michael Dawson and Curtis Davies are a far better defensive partnership than Dwight Gayle has faced so far this season.
Robert Snodgrass is an excellent player, former England internationals Livermore and Huddlestone are capable in midfield, whilst others such as former Sunderland pair Meyler and Elmohamady.
I do think Newcastle can go to Hull and win but equally I think that the team could play pretty well and still get beat, which I think is something that Newcastle supporters have to accept in advance.
Similarly, if Rafa throws everything at the game tonight then there is no question that it could impact on the Forest match only 72 hours later.
Forest are now finding a bit of form and the last two matches saw away wins at Ipswich (2-0) and Barnsley (5-2).
If Rafa Benitez had written off this League Cup quarter-final then I think Newcastle would definitely have got a minimum of a draw at Nottingham Forest but with the changes made on Saturday against Blackburn, it looks clear that he is targeting this Hull match.
Newcastle could very well beat both Hull and Forest but equally they could lose both.
Three defeats in a week would be a shock to the system for Newcastle and the fans but not fatal…I’m just saying, be prepared and don’t get too carried away whatever happens.