Leicester City will look to continue clinging onto the coattails of Manchester City and Liverpool when they welcome Newcastle to the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
Brendan Rodgers’ side currently occupy fifth place in the Premier League table having started the season in fine fashion, most notably beating Tottenham Hotspur during their last outing.
The Foxes can climb back up to third place with victory over Steve Bruce’s men.
For the Magpies, the picture is much bleaker. Newcastle currently occupy 19th place in the table, a position many predicted for Newcastle during most of the summer. Their situation makes three points all the more invaluable this weekend.
Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, key men and more.
When is Leicester City vs Newcastle and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: King Power Stadium
Date: Sunday, 29 September 2019
Kick-off: 4:30 PM BST
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Premier League
Last five meetings: Leicester City vs Newcastle
28 Aug 2019: Newcastle 1-1 Leicester (League Cup)
12 Apr 2019: Leicester 0-1 Newcastle (Premier League)
29 Sep 2018: Newcastle 0-2 Leicester (Premier League)
07 Apr 2018: Leicester 1-2 Newcastle (Premier League)
09 Dec 2017: Newcastle 2-3 Leicester (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Leicester (DLWLW) 6-7 Newcastle (DWLWL)
Ones to watch
Leicester City: Youri Tielemans
James Maddison may very well be the creative catalyst and Jamie Vardy the trusty source of goals, but Tielemans is arguably the fulcrum, the man responsible for tying this extremely fruitful operation together.
The diminutive Belgian metronome has been key since relocating to the East Midlands on a permanent basis, pulling the strings for Rodgers while adding an element of composure and fluidity to the Foxes.
Key stat: No midfield player has registered more successful passes than Tielemans (244) in the Premier League for Leicester this season.
As it stands only one player looks seriously capable of dragging Newcastle out of an early relegation dogfight and that’s record signing Joelinton. Sure, Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin have flirted with the idea of exploding onto the scene, but both have thus far proven too inconsistent.
There are still question marks over Joelinton’s capabilities in the final third, and with just one goal to his name, the pressure is already mounting for him to produce the goods, but he has already created the second-most chances of any Newcastle player this term (8) and registered the second-most passes for midfielders/forwards (127), which isn’t a bad return for a No 9.
Key stat: No Newcastle player has taken on more shots in the Premier League this season than Joelinton (13).
The Foxes could be without talisman James Maddison this weekend, with the 22-year-old labelled a major doubt as a result of a knock he picked up against Spurs, while Matty James and Daniel Amartey are continuing their respective recoveries and remain out.
Predicted XI: Kasper Schmeichel; Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, Jonny Evans, Ben Chilwell; Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans, Harvey Barnes, Ayoze Perez, Demarai Gray; Jamie Vardy.
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Dwight Gayle and Florian Lejeune remain sidelined and will play no part this weekend. Bruce said during Friday’s press conference that Matt Ritchie “won’t be fit”. He also confirmed Jonjo Shelvey has picked up a grade two hamstring injury that will rule him out for several weeks.
The former Liverpool and Swansea midfielder has created more chances this season in the league than any Newcastle midfielder. Sean Longstaff is in line to return, however. Newcastle could call upon Allan Saint-Maximin, but DeAndre Yedlin remains a doubt.
Predicted XI: Martin Dubravka; Javier Manquillo, Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett, Jetro Willems; Miguel Almiron, Sean Longstaff, Isaac Hayden, Allan Saint-Maximin; Joelinton.
Despite the prospect of taking to the field without Maddison, Leicester City have been ruthless this season and possess a number of options on the bench to fill in for the young England star should he miss out.
Newcastle have been exceptionally inconsistent and weak going forward so the Foxes should have little trouble hunting down the Magpies and extending their run in the top four.
Scoreline prediction: Leicester City 2-0 Newcastle