Newcastle v Leicester Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 25, 2018
St James' Park - Premier League
Newcastle will be desperate for a win on Saturday after a disastrous start to the season, as they welcome Leicester City in the Premier League. The Foxes ended a run of two consecutive losses last weekend, and will be pushing for a win.
Newcastle won when the sides met last year, with strikes from Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez enough despite a late Jamie Vardy goal.
Salomon Rondon is in a race to return to fitness in time for Saturday's game, having left the pitch at half time against Crystal Palace. Otherwise, Rafa Benitez is likely to field a similar side to that which drew at the weekend, with Ayoze Perez starting just off the striker.
Having rested a number of key players against Wolves, Claude Puel is likely to field a strong starting XI, with Jamie Vardy starting alongside James Maddison and Rachid Ghezzal. Demarai Gray will be pushing for a start, after an impressive performance mid-week and off the bench at the weekend.
Newcastle v Leicester Preview and Predictions
With six Premier League games gone, Rafa Benitez's Newcastle side are yet to win a game, and the Magpies currently sit in the relegation zone. The former Liverpool manager has been stating for a while that the owners need to invest heavily in the squad, and it appears that failure to do so over the summer may have finally caught up with the team.
Leicester have experienced a widely different few transfer windows, having spent heavily following their Premier League win, and reinvested funds from the sale of Riyad Mahrez this summer. Many were concerned on the effect of the departing Algerian, however, the man brought in to replace his creative influence, Maddison, has excelled since joining the club. The former Norwich man has three goals and an assist to his name already in the league, and has shown his flexibility in playing either on the right win or as a number 10.
This tactical adaptability has been key for Puel this season, as he finally looks to transition away from the system that earned Leicester success three season ago. Given that the Frenchman has almost an entirely different starting XI, only Kaspar Schmeichel and Jamie Vardy remain, being able to experiment with different formations and players will help Leicester discover their ideal set-up.
Benitez, on the other hand, appears to have settled on a formation, and has been fielding a variation of a 4-4-2, yet may be in need of a change given his side's failure to win this season. The manager has kept a degree of defensive stability, and has yet to lose by more than one goal this season, however has struggled going forwards. Given that the Magpies have played Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham, it may well be that the Spaniard is banking on being able to improve the results against more level opposition.
If this is indeed the case, Saturday will provide a valuable opportunity to evaluate who Newcastle consider to be their equals, whilst also measuring the level that Leicester have carved out for themselves following restructuring.
Jamie Vardy to score anytime at 7/4
The Leicester forward has scored in his last two visits to St James' Park, and is on good form at the moment.
Leicester to score 3 or more goals at 13/2
The Foxes have scored three away to Newcastle in their last two trips, and thrive on the counter attack.