As tough as United found life at Spurs

That said, if Jacob Murphy can play even half as well as he did against the Shrimpers and others who are vying for first-team places can deliver a performance then you feel Newcastle should have enough for Newport.

This will be Newport’s third game in eight days and they don’t have the ability to rest and rotate like the Magpies, so there should really be no excuses.

As tough as United found life at Spurs, I expect progress in this one and fans will feel exactly the same.I’ll go for a Newcastle victory but it will be much trickier than last week against an awful Shrimpers side.Having reached the fourth round of the EFL Cup for the first time in the club’s history, Michael Flynn’s current crop of Newport players now have the chance to etch their names into the history books when they welcome Premier League opposition to Rodney Parade.

Prior to the 2020-21 campaign, Newport had only ever gone as far as the second round – the stage where they had been knocked out three times in a row between 2017 and 2019.Whatever happens on Wednesday night, the League Two outfit can be incredibly proud of what they have achieved as the only non-Premier League or Championship side left in the competition.

Newport’s preparations for this historic encounter could hardly have gone smoother – Flynn’s men enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers at the weekend and have taken seven points from a possible nine in the fourth tier thus far.In the current environment it is very much welcome. You don’t ever budget for these things but when they come around it is significant, especially in this current climate.

“They call it football fortune money in the EFL and whatever terminology you want to use, it’s a windfall that hasn’t been budgeted for and it’s so welcome after the announcements this week about crowds not likely to be back for six months.“There is a knock-on effect as well, there is TV money but also commercial money because of the coverage.”The joy at being picked as a live game is tempered by the fact that the Amber Army won’t be able to cheer on Flynn’s side.

Rodney Parade was rocking for the wins against Leicester, Leeds, Blackburn and Middlesbrough plus the draw against Tottenham and spirited display against Manchester City’s stars.Spezia are one of the favorites to get relegated this season. They were outclassed by Sassuolo, and with tough fixtures to come, could really do with a result at Dacia Arena on Wednesday. Spezia boss Vincenzo Italiano is dealing with a bit of an injury crisis at the moment, though they will have Giulio Maggiore and captain Claudio Terzi back from suspension.

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