Leicester City have an impeccable record of victories when visiting teams outside the top five and that trend should continue when they come up against Newcastle at the St James’ Park.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Wednesday 1st, January
Kick-off: 16: 00
Venue: St James’Park
TV Channel: Sky Sports
For the first time since the start of the season, Newcastle have now lost back to back Premier League games following the defeat to Everton last time out, and will now brace themselves for the visit of high-flying Leicester City.
Fabian Schär’s effort here last weekend proved scant consolation as Dominic Calvert-Lewin struck twice to hand the Tofees the victory and leapfrog them into the top half of the standings.
That was their second defeat at their home ground this term, having lost to Arsenal in their season curtain raiser, but have won three of their last four home games prior to the loss to Everton.
Leicester City recorded their second biggest league win of the season when they beat Newcastle 5-0 in the reverse fixture at the tail end of September, and will be targeting a league double for the second season running.
Manager Brendan Rodgers rang the changes for the 2-1 win at West Ham, as reserves Kelechi Iheanacho and Demarai Gray provided the needed goals for the second-placed Foxes who keep pushing for a Champions League qualification spot.
Having bounced back from successive league losses to Manchester City and Liverpool, Leicester are expected to build on their latest victory and rack in more points, with a relatively favourable schedule on their roster for January.
Steve Bruce is facing an injury crisis with the likes of Fabian Schar, Florian Lejuene and Joelinton facing layoffs.
Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin are already ruled out long-term while Ki Sung-Yueng, Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett also remain doubtful for the Magpies.
Rodgers made significant changes when they played West Ham last time out, but will welcome back his strongest XI for this game.
Ricardo Pereira is the only doubt for the visitors.
Head to Head
This will be the 125th competitive meeting between the two sides, with Newcastle winning 52 to Leicester’s 45. 28 games have ended as draws.
Newcastle are unbeaten in eight of their last nine home league games.
Leicester have scored at least twice in five of their last six away matches in the Premier League.
Newcastle have a spectacular home record prior to the loss to Everton(W4, D4) and will hope the defeat do not stymie the progress they have made so far. Newcastle’s last five league games (WLWLL)
Leicester proved too strong for West Ham last time, bouncing back from two losses on the row and are fancied to show some superiority here again. Leicester City’s last five league games (WDLLW)
Leicester City are favourites to record a victory here, and I’d expect them to continue their dominance over the Magpies. An outright wn for the visitors is priced 8/13, but you can also pick a DNB option for this at 2/9.
Premier League’s top scorer Jamie Vardy is expected to return to office for Leicester City, and could be some sense in backing him to get back straight into the thick of action. He’s 23/10 to score the first goal here.