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43 min: Wilson’s cute shimmy in the centre circle sparks a Newcastle break. He feeds Longstaff down the right. Longstaff rolls a pass towards Almiron, who knocks the ball past Thomas, the Leicester full-back sliding in impetuously. Almiron enters the box and shapes a shot towards the top right. An easy parry for Ward in the end, but that was a lovely move.

42 min: Willock has the chance to release Almiron down the right but wildly overhits his through ball. Ward claims on the edge of his box.

41 min: Guimaraes wedges a delicate pass down the right to release Almiron into the Leicester box. Almiron can’t control, however, and runs the ball out of play under pressure from Ndidi. Goal kick.

40 min: Leicester have done a magnificent job in the last few minutes. On the rack for a while, they’ve grown into the game and have really dampened the mood among the home faithful.

38 min: Almiron’s clueless crossfield pass is intercepted by Albrighton, who knocks the ball past Burn and takes on the defender in a footrace down the right. Burn sticks out an arm to flatten his opponent, and he goes into the book as well.

36 min: Willock probes down the left and wins a Newcastle corner off Castagne. The set piece leads to a preposterous game of head tennis in the Leicester box. Newcastle can’t power any of their headers goalwards. When the ball finally drops to ground, Schar can’t get a shot away either. Leicester attempt to break through Daka, who is upended by Longstaff. The Newcastle midfielder becomes the first player to go into the referee’s notebook.

35 min: Albrighton swings it in from the right. The ball drops towards Ndidi, who should plant a header goalwards from eight yards, but misses the ball altogether.

34 min: One corner leads to another.

33 min: Leicester are finally asking one or two questions. Barnes nearly gets on the end of a speculative long ball down the left, but Pope comes to the edge of his box to hack clear. Leicester come again, Tielemans shooting from distance, the ball looping off a Newcastle player and out for a corner.

32 min: Tripper, quarterbacking from the right-back position, Alexander-Arnolds a sensational crossfield ball towards Wilson on the left. Just a little bit too much weight on the pass, which flies out for a goal kick. A touch less, and Wilson was clear and in. The pair acknowledge each other with a thumbs up.

30 min: Castagne strides down the right and feeds Daka infield. Daka strides into the box and should shoot – he’s not faced with a particularly tight angle – but attempts to roll across towards Barnes for a tap-in. He gets the pass all wrong and Botman is on point to intercept and clear. Very poor from Daka, who should have worked Pope at the very least, and probably should have scored.

28 min: Faes pointlessly comes clattering through the back of Wilson, 30 yards from his own goal. A chance for Newcastle to line up on the edge of the Leicester box. The free kick comes in from Trippier, down the inside-left channel. Burn challenges on the corner of the six-yard box but it’s easy meat for Ward.

27 min: … but the fact they’ve not conceded yet has quietened St James’ Park a little bit. In that sense, task one is complete for the away side.

25 min: A long throw down the left flank nearly releases Wilson. Simple as that. Amartey does well to come across and put a stop to the Toon gallop. Leicester’s defenders are having to put in quite a shift here.

23 min: There’s been a goal in the other game. Antony has opened the scoring at Old Trafford with a curler into the top left from the right-hand edge of the D. Fine goal. Manchester United 1-0 Charlton Athletic.

Manchester United's Antony (right) shoots to open the scoring with a fine finish.
Manchester United’s Antony (right) shoots to open the scoring with a fine finish. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images
Antony of Manchester United celebrates with teammate Diogo Dalot after scoring their team's first goal.
Antony (right) celebrates with teammate Diogo Dalot. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

22 min: Longstaff, Almiron and Trippier combine crisply down the right wing. Trippier crosses. The ball bagatelles off Guimaraes and Longstaff and into the grateful arms of Ward.

20 min: The resulting corner clangs off Schar and the pressure on Leicester is momentarily released.

19 min: Yep, they’re getting closer all right. Castagne brings down Wilson on the left. The resulting free kick causes bedlam in the Leicester box, and breaks to Longstaff, whose shot towards the bottom left is turned around the post by Ward.

17 min: Willock makes another good run down the left but can’t find anyone in the centre with his cross. Newcastle aren’t quite in only-matter-of-time territory yet, but they’re getting closer.

15 min: Willock makes good down the left and slips a pass infield. Joelinton tees up the incoming Guimaraes, who fizzes a low drive inches wide of the left-hand post. Less needless power, more precision, and that was a goal.

14 min: Tielemans spins and strides into a little space down the inside right. He shuttles the ball forward to Perez, who pearls a shot straight into Pope’s midriff. Leicester finally show in attack.

13 min: Newcastle look dangerous every time they stream forward. Almiron should release Trippier into acres down the right, but his pass is a tad weak, forcing the full back to check his run. The chance to shoot or send in a cross is gone.

11 min: Daka attempts to counter down the left wing and threads a pass infield for Tielemans, who loses possession on the edge of the Newcastle box. Pope eventually claims the ball.

9 min: Perez, once of Newcastle, receives the ball and also a blast of pantomime abuse. Then he loses control of the former, conceding a foul in the centre circle that earns more of the latter. Guimaraes pumps it long, and Almiron forces another corner. Nothing comes of the set piece, but this is a fine start by the Toon.

7 min: Almiron tears down the right and cuts back for Wilson, who can’t force home from six yards. The ball clanks out for a corner, from which Joelinton heads harmlessly wide right. Leicester are all over the shop here. Newcastle rampant.

6 min: That was such a great chance for Longstaff. Replays show him scuffing the shot into the ground, wide and high. It doesn’t get any better with repeated viewing.

4 min: Time for Leicester to catch a breath as Schar goes down for 60 seconds, having taken a whack upside the head from Daka. Totally accidental, and the defender doesn’t require treatment, just a moment to gather himself and get up again.

3 min: Now Guimaraes flashes a drive wide left from 20 yards. Under no pressure to shoot, he should have hit the target at the very least. Leicester need to get their gamefaces on and quick.

Newcastle United's Bruno Guimaraes reacts after missing the target from 20 yards.
Newcastle United’s Bruno Guimaraes rues his miss. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images/Reuters

2 min: What a move! What a miss! What a start that could have been. A reminder that Leicester started awfully slowly at the King Power last month, two down after seven minutes, the match gone in the blink of an eye.

Leicester kick off … and Newcastle should be leading after 43 seconds! Almiron drives down the middle and feeds Willock into the box on the left. Willock pulls back from the byline. Longstaff hares in from the other wing, opens his body and … sidefoots wide right and high from eight yards.

The teams are out! Newcastle wear their famous black and white stripes, while Leicester sport first-choice blue. There’s a rare old atmosphere at this famous old stadium, but then you knew that’d be the case anyway. We’ll be off in a few minutes! “If the Newcastle defensive line consists of four stellar interlocking players, could they be billed as the Saudi Quattro?” wonders Peter Oh. Vorsprung durch sanften Humor.

Fans of Newcastle United show their support ahead of kick-off at the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St James’ Park.
The Toon Army give it some whilst the players shake hands. Photograph: George Wood/Getty Images

Mark looking uncannily like Martin Tyler at 3m 14s there.

Brendan Rodgers speaks to Sky. “Tonight is our sixth quarter-final together as a group. We’ve gained good experiences. It’ll be a top game tonight and we’ll fight to do everything we can to get to the semi-finals. To clubs like ourselves, club competitions are vitally important. We have to treat them with respect and go as far as we can. It’s absolutely vital to start strongly. To make that start [on Boxing Day, when they were 2-0 down at home to Newcastle within seven minutes] cost us the game, so tonight we have to stay strong and concentrate. The mentality has to be right. If we can do that, and play our football, it gives us an opportunity to win.”

Brendan Rodgers manager of Leicester City being interviewed before kick off.
Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers gets his chat on. Photograph: Richard Lee/Shutterstock

There’s another League Cup quarter final being played tonight. Manchester United welcome Charlton Athletic to Old Trafford and will be hot favourites to make it through to the last four. Goal updates when we have them. United take to the field tonight buoyed by the knowledge that attacking reinforcements are on their way in the shape of Dutch striker Wout Weghorst. Cue a few launch-it jokes, Weghorst a towering figure at 6ft 6in, but as world champions Argentina can attest, the big man can be a lot more subtle than he’s given credit for.

Eddie Howe talks to Sky Sports. “It’s a special night for us, an opportunity to progress into a semi-final. A very difficult game, but we’re expecting a really good match. These are the games we want, the pressure that comes with it we will relish and enjoy. The power of the supporters here is huge. We try to play a style of football they enjoy watching, and that they will back, and make the difference. We need the crowd as a powerful force to help us. We will try to use [the Wednesday defeat] to learn from and power us on.”

Newcastle United Manager Eddie Howe is interviewed on television before the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Newcastle United and Leicester City.
Eddie Howe is this close to bringing some silverware to Newcastle United. Photograph: NurPhoto/Getty Images

Newcastle United make eight changes to the starting XI in the wake of the Wednesday fiasco. Joelinton, Sean Longstaff and Sven Botman are the only players to keep their spots.

Leicester also make eight changes after their altogether more pleasant FA Cup trip to Gillingham. Only Marc Albrighton, Youri Tielemans and Ayoze Perez keep their place.

The teams


Can Newcastle bounce back from their shock FA Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday? Can Leicester rebound from the 0-3 thrashing Newcastle inflicted on them on Boxing Day? We’ll find out tonight, with a place in the semi-final of the League Cup up for grabs. Kick-off is at 8pm GMT. It’s on!


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