It’s been a disappointing season for the current FA Cup holders, who are currently sitting precariously in the bottom half of the table and have already exited the Europa League, losing to Napoli on Thursday night, meaning they drop down into the Europa Conference League. So Brendan Rodgers will be seeking a reaction here.
Leicester currently find themselves in a patchy bit of form, with just one Premier League win in their last six, and an unexpected slot in 11th, but the King Power has been a sanctuary for the club’s form in recent years, so Newcastle know they will be in for a game when they venture south this weekend.
The Magpies, despite their recent Saudi-led takeover, still find themselves in the relegation doldrums, but recently-appointed Eddie Howe will be eyeing up an assault on the league table and getting the Tyneside club up and away from danger, though he has never won away against Leicester in his managerial career.
That concerning run extends to five defeats and four draws in nine visits to the King Power, so he could really do with history not repeating itself this weekend if he is to navigate a route to safe waters for Newcastle heading into the festive period, which sees them take on Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd next. Merry Christmas Magpies!
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Leicester vs Newcastle: Match Stats
Jamie Vardy and Callum Wilson are the ones to keep an eye on this weekend. The former has been directly involved in 25 goals across his last 18 Premier League appearances against sides starting the day in the relegation zone (18 goals, seven assists). His personal record against Newcastle is four goals in his last six Premier League appearances against them.
Wilson meanwhile has scored eight goals in his last 12 Premier League games for the Magpies which, incidentally, started with a brace against Leicester at the King Power in May. He’s scored 18 Premier League goals since joining Newcastle at the start of last season, which is at least 10 more than any other player at the club. He also has three goals in his last two visits to the King Power; that aforementioned brace in May and the only goal in Bournemouth’s 3-1 loss in August 2019.
07 May 2021 – Leicester City 2-4 Newcastle United – Premier League
03 Jan 2021 – Newcastle United 1-2 Leicester City – Premier League
01 Jan 2020 – Newcastle United 0-3 Leicester City – Premier League
29 Sep 2019 – Leicester City 5-0 Newcastle United – Premier League
28 Aug 2019 – Newcastle United 1-1 Leicester City – League Cup
The last time these sides met in the East Midlands it was a goal bonanza, with six finishes hitting the back of the net. Goals from Joe Willock, Paul Dummett and a Wilson double put Newcastle 4-0 up, before the Foxes restored some respectability in the dying embers through Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho.