Echo Jury: Forget the league ... and get up for the cup

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I IMAGINE Poyet will have one eye on the Man City game when he finalises his selection for tonight’s game, writes Tony Potts.

Obviously the suspensions kick in and I expect Ki to come in for Catts and it will probably be Bardsley or Colback to cover the left-back slot.

Given Poyet’s stated intention that Colback’s best position is central midfield, then it looks like a back-four reshuffle and I would not be surprised to see Wes Brown start this one.

I also expect Mannone and possibly Giaccherini to start the game.

The dreadful league position makes it difficult for me to mount much enthusiasm for this competition right now but a win is a win and if that happens then we must be grateful.

The Saints have had a tremendous start with a superb defensive record. I can see this ending as a low-scoring draw resulting in the dreaded penalty shoot-out.

Prediction: Sunderland 1 Southampton 1