Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
Fifth-placed Leicester City welcome Newcastle United to the East Midlands on Sunday, with the Foxes looking to secure their fourth win in five Premier League matches. The Magpies are hovering dangerously close to the relegation zone, and are looking for a first win in four games.
Midfielder James Maddison is an injury doubt for City, and his fitness will be assessed before kick-off. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has no other injury concerns. For Newcastle, Sean Longstaff is back from an ankle injury, and DeAndre Yedlin is available for the first time in 2019/20. Andy Carroll and Allan Saint-Maximin could also feature.
Leicester City vs Newcastle United Prediction: Foxes 2-0 Magpies
Our prediction for this game is that Leicester will win the game comfortably, triumphing 2-0. The Foxes look a pretty slick and well-coached outfit this season, while Newcastle seem to be still settling into the Steve Bruce era. The Magpies have struggled for form this season, and are very much at the wrong end of the table currently. Leicester beat Tottenham Hotspur last week, and also enjoyed a comfortable Carabao Cup victory over Luton Town in midweek. We expect them to carry that confident form into this game and give their fans a comfortable victory to cheer.
Our recommended tip: Foxes 2-0
Our featured tip for this game comes from Betway, who are offering odds of 11/2 on our prediction of a 2-0 win for Leicester turning out to be accurate. We think that this looks like a good bet as the odds offer really good value, especially for a game where most bookies have the Foxes as strong favourites for the victory. Leicester have been in good goalscoring form recently, and we expect that run to continue this Sunday afternoon. If you want to boost the odds then backing Jamie Vardy to score for the home side is a good option.
These two sides have met on 24 previous occasions in the Premier League, with the Foxes having won eight of those games, and Newcastle 11. There have been five draws. Newcastle have won four Premier League games away at Leicester, and the Foxes have beaten the Magpies four times on their own soil.
Leicester have lost just once in their last nine home league matches, but that defeat was to Newcastle last April. That game ended 1-0. The previous league encounter was at St James’ Park in September 2018, and finished in a 2-0 win for the Foxes.
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Players to watch: Jamie Vardy & Christian Atsu
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy remains one of the Foxes’ most important players. He already leads his club’s Premier League scoring charts this season, having netted three goals in his six Premier League appearances so far this season. The lively front man has also provided one assist for his team-mates. He has hit nine shots so far this season, five of which have been on target, and he has missed two big chances.
Ghanaian midfielder Christian Atsu has provided two assists so far this season for Newcastle, more than any of his team-mates. He has also hit 103 passes, at an average per game of 25.75. He has hit 10 crosses, with an accuracy rate of 50%. He has hit one long ball and has played four accurate through balls. If Newcastle are to get anything from the game on Sunday, Atsu will need to play well.