Three reasons Newcastle could win the EFL Cup

Barring a hiccup against Blackburn Rovers last weekend, Newcastle’s season has gone as expected, with Rafa Benitez’s boys sitting two points clear at the top of the Championship.

Following their relegation from the Premier League, Newcastle look set to return to the promised land – but they also remain in contention to secure a first major domestic trophy since 1955.

Rafa’s priority is surely securing promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt, but the Toon are preparing for an EFL Cup quarter-final clash away to Hull City with the intention of victory.

Following last weekend’s set-back – a 1-0 loss at St James’ Park – Benitez will be hoping to avenge the defeat by securing the Toon a place in the semi-final – something many feel Magpies fans deserve after so many years of disappointment.

So although the history of the League Cup has been dominated by top flight sides, FootballFanCast are backing the second-tier Magpies as shock candidates to go all the way, and here are THREE reasons why.