Leicester City take on Newcastle United as Monday night football returns to Premier League. This is a key clash for the teams as both are desperate for a win for two different reasons.
Leicester widened their gap at the top of the league table to 5 points following their narrow 1-0 win at Watford last week. At the start of the match this could change to two points if Tottenham wins against Aston Villa on Sunday evening.
Newcastle United are 19th in the table and if they upset the potential champions, they could move out of the relegation zone. But it’s all too tight at the bottom of the league because two from Norwich, Newcastle and Norwich are almost certain to go down at the end of the season.
There is immediate pressure of the newly appointed Rafa Benitez, who is set to face a different tune on his return to English Football after having fairly successful spells with Liverpool and Chelsea.
Leicester City lost only three matches in the league whole season, but looked extremely nervous in the last two matches. Their last six home matches read 3 wins and 3 draws, and they kept a clean sheet in five of those.
Newcastle United are coming on the back of 7 consecutive away defeats in the league. Moreover, they have lost 11 out of the 14 away matches in the league season with a terrible scoring record with just 7 goals on the road.
Leicester City: Team News
The Foxes boss has the strongest possible squad at his disposal and is expected to field the same eleven he used the whole season. The only player missing through injury is Matt James.
Leicester City: Predicted Starting Line-up
Schmeichel – Fuchs, Huth, Morgan, Simpson – Albrighton, Kante, Drinkwater, Mahrez – Vardy, Okazaki.
Newcastle United: Team News
Rafa Benitez will be without 10 players due to injury. The likes of Fabricio Coloccini, Chancel Mbemba, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Massadio Haidara and Papiss Cisse are in the list of players missing through injury. While Cheick Tiote and Andros Townsend are minor doubts.
Newcastle: Predicted Starting Line-up
Elliot – Janmaat, Lascelles, Taylor, Dummett – Colback, Shelvey – Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez – Mitrovic.
Leicester vs Newcastle: Head-to-Head
Leicester City have won the last three consecutive matches against Newcastle United in all competitions.
The Magpies have failed to register a goal against Leicester in the last three matches.
The meetings between the two sides in the first leg of this season’s premier league end in 3-0 win for Leicester; Vardy, Ulloa and Okazaki on target for the Foxes.
Leicester City vs Newcastle United: Prediction
Leicester are heavy favourites to win this one on current form. On any given day, it is extremely difficult to stop a hard working and direct attacking Leicester City. And watch out for Riyad Mahrez, a certain candidate to win this year’s PFA player of the year award.
Newcastle’s away form this season has been terrible and they stand no chance against this Leicester side. The team has problems in all departments and the appointment of Rafa Benitez could solve their defensive problems to a certain extend. The timing of the appointment is highly debatable as it comes with just 9 matches to go until season’s finale.