Newcastle haven’t won a domestic cup since 1954/55, when they beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final, but many believe this season is their best chance yet to end the drought. Their hopes took a dent at the weekend, as Newcastle were knocked out of the FA Cup by Sheffield Wednesday, but attention now turns to the EFL Cup.
The Magpies entered this season’s EFL Cup in the second round and were made to work hard for their victory, coming from behind to beat League Two Tranmere Rovers. In the third round, Newcastle needed penalties to beat fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace, while last time out Bournemouth were beaten 1-0 at St James’ Park. It’s not been an easy run for Newcastle, and it will be interesting to see where they rank the EFL Cup vs a top four finish.
Leicester, meanwhile, may look to the cup competitions as a way to save what has been a pretty poor season so far. The Foxes may be 13th but they are just two points clear of the relegation zone and winless in three in the league, including a defeat to Newcastle. At the weekend, they continued their journey in the FA Cup, beating Gillingham 1-0 and now attention turns to the EFL Cup.
Like Newcastle, Leicester entered the EFL Cup this season in the second round and had a tough game against League Two opposition, needing penalties to beat Stockport County. League Two Newport County were next up, and Leicester had a much better time, winning 3-0 in the third round. A hat-trick of lower-league opposition was completed in the fourth round with another 3-0 win, this time over League One’s MK Dons.
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Newcastle vs Leicester match stats
Leicester went fairly strong against Gillingham at the weekend and were once again indebted to Kelechi Iheanacho for sending them through to the fourth round of the FA Cup. The Nigerian is something of a cup specialist for Leicester, scoring 18 goals in 33 games in the EFL Cup and FA Cup for the Foxes, and will be hoping to open his account this season for the former.
However, Newcastle have been formidable this season, with their defeat to Sheffield Wednesday just the second time they have lost across all competitions. The defeat may have ended a 15-game unbeaten run, but it is expected to be a minor blip rather than a sign of things to come.
26 December 2022 – Leicester 0-3 Newcastle – Premier League
17 April 2022 – Newcastle 2-1 Leicester – Premier League
12 December 2021 – Leicester 4-0 Newcastle – Premier League
7 May 2021 – Leicester 2-4 Newcastle – Premier League
3 January 2021 – Newcastle 1-2 Leicester – Premier League
Newcastle have won three of the past four meetings against Leicester, having managed just two of the previous 12. Winning two in a row, Newcastle haven’t won three consecutive games against Leicester since 1994.