Newcastle United vs Leicester City
Date: 9th December 2017
Kick off at 17:30UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: St. James’ Park (Newcastle upon Tyne).
Newcastle United started to feel the strength of a higher division football as they’ll head into this on the back of four losses and a draw in last five Premier League fixtures.
Can they end the dreadful run this Saturday when they are to host the shocking 2015/16 champions Leicester City in the last game of the day at St. James’ Park?
Rafael Benitez has lots of headaches coming into this tie. They are mainly caused by the lack of meticulousness in Newcastle’s defensive line which has been super easy to break down lately.
The Magpies conceded as many as 12 goals in last our league matches (three per game) and they’ve at the same time failed to find a single in both of their previous two home outings with the likes of AFC Bournemouth and Watford.
The good news is Dwight Gayle’s return on the pitch. The young striker notched the opener for Newcastle against Chelsea last weekend at Stamford Bridge, but it did not help Benitez much as his men allowed three to suffer an easy defeat at the end.
The story is completely opposite with the Foxes who are flying high under Claude Puel.
The visitors will travel to St. James’ Park on the back of subsequent victories over the top-half likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley at their King Power.
Puel has significantly improved Leicester’s defensive performances and we’d not be surprised to see the Foxes maintaining the fine spell of form this Saturday against the newly-promoted Newcastle side.
Newcastle United vs Leicester City: Head to head
Teams are locked at 32 wins each in their 81 H2H encounters, but Leicester City have entirely dominated this match-up in the most recent history.
The Foxes have won four on the bounce against Newcastle without conceding a single goal along the way.