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Newcastle reach EFL Cup final: How it affects the PL and FPL

Ben Pearce 31 Jan 2023

Magpies' fixture against Brighton will be rescheduled as it clashes with trip to Wembley

Newcastle United have reached their first domestic final since 1999 after a 3-1 aggregate victory over Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-finals.

With the Magpies leading 1-0 from the first leg, Sean Longstaff struck twice in the opening 21 minutes. Che Adams quickly pulled a goal back but Newcastle held on to their two-goal lead, with their only blow being the late sending-off of Bruno Guimaraes.

Eddie Howe's side will head to Wembley Stadium to face either Manchester United or Nottingham Forest, who meet in the other semi-final at Old Trafford on Wednesday, in the final on Sunday 26 February.

As a result, Newcastle's Premier League fixture at home against Brighton & Hove Albion, that was scheduled for 12:30 GMT on Saturday 25 February, will be postponed. The new date for that match is yet to be determined.

FPL implications

Fantasy Premier League managers must now consider the fact that both Newcastle and Brighton are without a fixture in Gameweek 25.

Newcastle pair Kieran Trippier (£6.1m) and Miguel Almiron (£5.8m) are among the five most-owned players in FPL.

And Brighton winger Kaoru Mitoma (£5.1m) is the fourth most-bought player ahead of Gameweek 22.

See: How EFL Cup and FA Cup results will affect FPL managers’ plans

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