Newport v Southampton LIVE commentary and team news: League Two Exiles eye Carabao Cup shock

Southampton will be hoping to kickstart a run in the Carabao Cup as they travel to take on Newport County on Wednesday night.

The Saints have showed glimpses of promise in their opening two Premier League matches against Everton and Manchester United, however they have picked up just one point so far.

This strike gave Southampton a surprise lead in the first half against Manchester United

A clash with the League Two side could be the ideal chance to get their campaign up and running.

The Exiles have enjoyed a decent start to life in the fourth tier having won two of their opening three matches in the league.

Cup football is renowned for its surprises and so Michael Flynn’s side will be quietly hoping that they can pull off an upset.

Newport v Southampton: How to listen

This match will get under way at 7.45pm on Wednesday, August 25.

Full coverage from Rodney Parade will be live on talkSPORT 2, with our pre-match build-up starting at 7.30pm.

Commentary will come from Commentary from Ian Danter and David Connolly.

To tune in, click HERE for the live stream.

Manager Mike Flynn will miss Newport’s clash after testing positive for COVID-19
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Newport v Southampton: team news

The biggest change for Newport County will be the absence of manager Michael Flynn who misses the game after testing positive for COVId-19.

He’ll be replaced in the dugout by assistant manager Wayne Hatswell.

As for the team, Mickey Demetriou and Matty Dolan both missed the weekend’s 1-0 victory over Tranmere Rovers however Dolan could come back into contention for the clash with the Saints.

For Southampton Ralph Hasenhuttl has hinted that he could make numerous changes to his side for the Newport clash.

Three players who won’t be involved, however are Stuart Armstrong, Will Smallbone and Sam McQueen.

Armstrong is suffering with a calf injury and is unlikely to feature, while Smallbone and McQueen remain long-term absentees.

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Newport v Southampton: What’s been said?

Newport County assistant manager Wayne Hatswell said: “It’s a trade-off, we’ve had a tough away game at Tranmere and have another tough away game coming up at Salford.

“The team is not decided at the moment and we will leave that until late. It’s about seeing who is in the best condition to cope with dealing with three games in seven days.

“But all the players that are here, as we saw at Ipswich, are trusted. They proved that night that they are more than capable, whoever plays will be trusted in what we do and will do it to the best of their ability.

“I have no issues with any changes that may happen or if we stick with a couple of older stalwarts.

“We knew what the schedule was so we have prepared as well as we can.

“Pre-season is always tough here so they are fit, it’s about managing recovery time and we have prepared really well.

“Salford will be rubbing their hands that we’ve got a tough game against Southampton but we’ll be ready.”

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “It’s a busy week with tough fixtures, first in the cup.

“We have a bigger side this season and everybody needs to get the chance to play and we will do this definitely.”