Newcastle v Leicester predictions: Foxes relish stopping hosts’ progress | Sports News
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Kieran Trippier, Callum Wilson and Isaac Hayden remain on the sidelines. Joe Willock should return but Ryan Fraser is doubtful.
Wilfred Ndidi, Ryan Bertrand and Danny Ward are absent. Jamie Vardy (knee) is still doubtful with Boubakary Soumare.
Leicester clawed back something of what had been a disappointing 2021-22 campaign by reaching the semi-finals of the Europa Conference League and they can continue that good form when they visit Newcastle in the Premier League.
The Foxes came from behind to beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1 on Thursday when goals from James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira sealed their progress to the last four of the Premier League.
The win means Leicester have won eight of their last 13 games in all competitions and look in good form as they travel to the north east.
Brendan Rodgers’ side also have a major advantage judging by the recent head-to-head record between these clubs, winning five of their last six meetings with the Magpies.
They have scored 17 goals in those six games, including a 4-0 loss in this season’s reverse game in December.
The return of Wesley Fofana has been invaluable in bolstering the Foxes backline and the emergence of Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, coupled with the form of Youri Tielemans and Maddison, means they have one of the best midfield trios around. ground outside the top four.
With the second leg of the PSV fixture to be feared, Rodgers turned around a lot last weekend but his side still beat Crystal Palace, one of the division’s in-form sides, showing their squad depth. They overcame the majority of their injury issues and were able to thrive as a result.
Newcastle have been solid at home under Eddie Howe, winning their last four games, but those wins have all come against struggling opponents and Leicester are set to pose a much tougher test.
The Magpies are anything but mathematically safe from relegation and they’ve had a few poor performances recently, perhaps toned down a bit as the threat of a drop no longer threatens them.
Howe’s side were beaten 1-0 by ten-man Everton before capitulating 5-1 to Tottenham, although their 1-0 win over Wolves last time out was an improvement. However, there is still a lack of quality and depth in the squad, particularly with injuries to Kieran Trippier and Callum Wilson and now a knock at Ryan Fraser.
The quick turnaround in the Europa Conference League game is likely the reason for the juice in Leicester’s price tag, but they showed against Palace that they can shuffle the pack and hold onto their success.
Former Newcastle player Ayoze Perez was instrumental in the Foxes’ comeback against PSV after coming off the bench and it will be interesting to see if he returns to St James’ Park.
Given the Foxes have such a good recent record against Newcastle and arrive in better shape, it’s surprising to see the Magpies as short as 6-5. The Leicester side look much stronger than they did a month ago and they deserve support to end an impressive week with another win.
Leicester have won five of the last six meetings between these sides.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 1:50 PM, APRIL 16, 2022