2021-22 Premier League: Week 16 – Leicester vs Newcastle

Leicester City welcome Newcastle United to the King Power Stadium in a televised Super Sunday clash.

Victory could see Leicester improve to eighth in the table, whereas Newcastle could climb out of the relegation zone with a win if they claim a winning margin of four or more goals and Burnley fail to beat West Ham.

 

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Ricardo Pereira could return for Leicester after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Filip Benkovic, Jannik Vestergaard, Daniel Amartey, Vontae Daley-Campbell, Ayoze Perez, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ademola Lookman are all ruled out through various mixture of positive Coronavirus cases and illness.

James Justin (knee) and Wesley Fofana (leg) remain ruled out.

Newcastle could be without Ryan Fraser due to a hamstring injury although manager – Eddie Howe is hopeful that the winger will be available for the bench at minimum.

Fabian Schar (rib) is a doubt but Paul Dummett (calf) remains ruled out.

 

Stat Attack

  • Leicester have won four of their last six league meetings against Newcastle (W4, L2).
  • Newcastle have won three of their last four visits to Leicester (W3, L1).
  • Leicester are yet to concede a penalty against Newcastle in 28 previous Premier League meetings.
  • Brendan Rogers’ Foxes have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last ten home games across all competitions (W3, D4, L3).
  • Newcastle are unbeaten in four of their last five league games (W1, D3, L1).

 

Prediction

Leicester seem to have rediscovered their attacking spark in recent weeks with excellent quick-flow pressing football on the front foot, yet their defence do seem to be their Achilles heel as many teams exposed which is something that they need to tighten quickly.

One positive though is that these Foxes do have great spirit which was evident in their fightback from two goals down against Napoli, before eventually falling 3-2 in their midweek Europa League exit to Napoli.

Newcastle meanwhile claimed their first win of the season against Burnley last weekend with a solid defensive effort and clinical attack, which could put extra pressure on them to follow that display up with another win for momentum sake.

The Magpies’ positive away form in this fixture is another morale booster but with both teams making improvements in attack at same time, I am expecting a tough contest where defending will be key but I can see a draw coming given the shaky form of both teams

Prediction: Leicester 1-1 Newcastle

Result: Leicester 4-0 Newcastle

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