Newcastle United’s Carabao Cup odyssey continues at Stamford Bridge, where they will face Chelsea in yet another challenging match.
When the teams played in November, the Magpies triumphed 4-1 in front of the St. James’ Park supporters. They have only secured one away win in all competitions since defeating Sheffield United 8-0 back in September, albeit they have had less luck away from home in recent weeks.
Young Lewis Miley is expected to be the focus of attention during this game. With his first assist against Chelsea last month, the 17-year-old has now become the youngest goalscorer in Magpies history after scoring the first against Fulham.
The Chronicle claims that his play has relieved some of the pressure on Newcastle to find a midfield player, and the most recent information from Italy is that Kalvin Phillips, a long-term target, is likely to move to Turin and join Juventus. According to Team Talk reports, Newcastle has shifted its focus to Andreas Christensen, a well-known opponent from tonight, in an attempt to strengthen a different region of the field.
The Danish international is presently a utility player for Xavi’s team at Barcelona, where he plays football. According to additional reports, the Spanish behemoths could take advantage of the January window to reduce their pay expense because they are still in the midst of a financial crisis. Christensen, who played 161 appearances for Chelsea across all competitions before departing on a free transfer in the summer of 2022, is seen to be the top choice for both the Magpies and Tottenham.
The need for additional central defense cover has increased due to Christensen’s extensive experience and Fabian Schar’s recent injury. Although Sven Botman has recovered from his injury, it is thought that Newcastle wants extra players to prevent another injury crisis like the one that occurred earlier in the season.
Tottenham is in a similar situation in January, and Micky van de Ven’s recent three-month injury has raised the possibility that their season could falter a little after they had such a fantastic start under Ange Postecoglou. Up to three Barcelona players might leave the Nou Camp in the coming month, according to Spanish publication Football Espana, which also claims that Barcelona is open to hearing bids for several of its players.