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Leicester vs Newcastle: Predictions
Leicester City could all but tie up their spot in next season’s Champions League with a win over Newcastle United on Friday night. The Foxes have picked up seven points from the last available nine and another three in this fixture would take them eight clear of West Ham United with only four games remaining for the London outfit.
Such a gap would perhaps even give Brendan Rodgers sufficient room to focus on his side’s upcoming FA Cup Final against Chelsea, but with three tough fixtures against Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur remaining in the Premier League, getting the three points here will be a necessity for the Northern Irish boss.
Newcastle United have also enjoyed some improved performances of late in order to pull away from the bottom three at the bottom of the table. In fact, three unlikely points at the King Power on Friday night would leave them 12 points clear of 18th placed Fulham who would have just four remaining games to close the gap.
Prior to last weekend’s defeat to Arsenal, the Magpies had gone four games unbeaten in the league, earning draws with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool either side of a duo of back-to-back wins against Burnley and West Ham. Three more points here seem unlikely, however.
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Leicester vs Newcastle: Match Stats
Kelechi Iheanacho is one of the most in-form strikers in world football at the moment. The Nigerian striker has found the net no fewer than 12 times in his last 10 appearances for Leicester City and with the hosts expected to secure the victory here, we’re backing the score and win market for a little extra value on our goalscorer pick.
With the second-lowest average possession in the Premier League, Newcastle often allow their opponents to keep the ball and that could mean that centre-back Jonny Evans will be allowed plenty of time on the ball. The Northern Irishman ranks second-highest for passes at Leicester this season.
12 Apr 2019 – Leicester City 0-1 Newcastle United – Premier League
28 Aug 2019 – Newcastle United 1-1 Leicester City – League Cup
29 Sep 2019 – Leicester City 5-0 Newcastle United – Premier League
01 Jan 2020 – Newcastle United 0-3 Leicester City – Premier League
03 Jan 2021 – Newcastle United 1-2 Leicester City – Premier League
These teams have each won 11 games in their previous Premier League meetings, although unsurprisingly it has been Leicester who have had the upper hand of late, winning the last three. The Foxes ran out 1-2 winners in the reverse fixture back in January with Andy Carroll’s late strike proving nothing more than a consolation after James Maddison and Youri Tielemans had put the visitors two goals up at St James’ Park.