Premier League Bets & Preview:
Newcastle v Leicester
Newcastle United will be brimming with confidence as they host Leicester City at St James’ Park following their impressive 4-1 victory over Brighton, which secured European football at the club after a long wait of over a decade. Manager Eddie Howe lauded his team’s high-intensity game plan, which has seen them score multiple goals in five of their last six matches.
Although Newcastle has failed to keep a clean sheet in recent games, their previous encounter with Leicester resulted in a commanding 3-0 win, showcasing their destructive potential. With a memorable Boxing Day victory and a Carabao Cup triumph against Leicester, Newcastle has a strong chance of achieving their first league double over the Foxes since the 1994/95 season.
Leicester City, once the unlikeliest English champions, find themselves in a precarious position, with their Premier League status hanging by a thread. The Foxes are winless in their last four matches, conceding ten goals in May alone. Their recent away form is also concerning, as they are on a seven-game winless streak on the road, with five losses and two draws. Despite scoring in their last five away matches, Leicester faces an uphill battle to avoid relegation.
Players to watch in this fixture include Joelinton, who has been instrumental in Newcastle’s victories, scoring in all of his five previous goalscoring Premier League games this season. On the other side, Harvey Barnes could be crucial for Leicester’s hopes, as his last five away goals have all come after halftime.
Notably, Leicester’s Premier League away matches have seen the highest number of goals (either way) in the opening quarter-hour, with 14 goals recorded.
Newcastle v Leicester Team News
Newcastle may be without Joe Willock due to a hamstring injury, while Sean Longstaff is likely to miss the match with a foot injury. Joelinton, Jacob Murphy, and Kieran Trippier are doubtful.
Leicester hope to have Kelechi Iheanacho back from a groin issue, while Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall could return from an ankle injury. However, Caglar Soyuncu, Danny Ward, Jannik Vestergaard, and James Justin remain sidelined.
Newcastle v Leicester Head-to-Head Stats
Newcastle aims to complete their first Premier League double over Leicester since the 1994-95 season. The Magpies have won three of their past four top-flight encounters with the Foxes, and Eddie Howe has an unbeaten record in all six of his Premier League home matches against Leicester.
Newcastle United’s victory would take them to their highest Premier League points total since 1995-96, and their tally of 67 goals this season is the most they have scored in a top-flight campaign since 2001-02. However, they have struggled to keep clean sheets recently, managing only one shutout in their last 16 matches.
Leicester City, on the other hand, are in danger of being relegated from the Premier League for the 12th time, with their form against top-five teams this season being particularly concerning. They have failed to win in their last three Monday fixtures and have gone 21 consecutive league matches without a clean sheet.
Furthermore, Leicester has conceded 41 away league goals this season, their highest tally in a 38-game campaign since 1914-15.
Dean Smith, the Leicester manager, has drawn all three of his previous Premier League away matches against Newcastle, once with Aston Villa and twice with Norwich.