Leicester v Newcastle United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 26, 2019
King Power Stadium - Premier League
Leicester look to maintatin their place in the top three, as they welcome a Newcastle side desperate to stay above the relegation zone. The Magpies haven't won in the league since their surprise victory agaisnt Tottenham, the side that the Foxes impressively dispatched last weekend.
Leicester and Newcastle have already faced off once this season, in the league cup. That game ended in penalties, after a Yoshinori Muto goal cancelled out a James Maddison opener, with the Foxes winning the shoot-out.
James Maddison is a doubt for Sunday's game, in what will be a massive loss for Leicester. It will however, provide an opportunity for new signing Dennis Praet to impress Brendon Rodgers, with the central-midfielder struggling to break into the first team since moving from Italy.
Steve Bruce is unlikely to make many changes to the starting XI that drew at Brighton, although may be able to welcome back Alan Saint-Maximin. Andy Carroll is unlikely to earn a start over Joelinton in the sole-striker role, although will hope for some game-time to improve his match sharpness.
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Leicester's decision to appoint Brendan Rodgers last season finally looks to be paying off, as the Foxes impressive start to the season has them sitting in third place in the Premier League table.
The Foxes dispatched Tottenham last season, but not in the snatch-and-grab counter-attacking style that saw them overcome Spurs in their title winning season, but in an impressive display of controlled possession-based football. This was Rodgers brief when he arrived, and the manager should be praised for implementing his system without nullifying the effectiveness of Jamie Vardy's pace up front.
Even so, the season is still young, and Leicester will have to show that they are able be beat less attacking opposition, that are willing to sit back and soak up pressure. Newcastle were very much that type of team under Rafa Benitez, and Bruce is clearly looking to implement the same level of defensive stability.
The Magpies have arguably slightly exceeded expectation so far this campaign, with a win over Tottenham, a narrow defeat by Arsenal and two draws. For a side learning a new manger's style this is not a bad return, although it will have to improve soon to ensure comfort from the relegation zone, and improve significantly to get the fans back onside.
Against Leicester Bruce has his work cut out form him, as the home side look to have both the ability to counter-attack and patiently unlock a side. Newcastle will have to hope that their back five can keep the Foxes at bay, whilst hoping for their own bit of magic through summer signing Joelinton.
Vardy to score anytime at 11/10
The forward may only have three goals to his name this season, but is always a threat up top.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 13/10
Leicester should have no problem breaking through Newcastle's defence at home.