Fights for a survival bid in the Premier League are becoming a nightmare for Newcastle as they travel to Leicester City. The match schedules for Friday at the King Power Stadium with a kickoff at 10 pm.
Leicester City continues pushing for a top-four finish bid race, with Chelsea closely catching on with only two points separating them. On the other hand, Newcastle are nine points from the relegation battle woes.
Moreover, the Foxes come off a disappointing 1-1 draw against out of form Southampton, whereas Newcastle United suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal.
The Foxes are in pole position to make the top four race, but all can change in seconds with five games remaining. Sharing the spoils against the Saints left Brendan Rodgers looking over his shoulders against Chelsea.
A feeling of reminiscing for the Foxes given last season happened similarly where they lost out on a Champions League spot on the final day. Other contenders for the top four spot include West Ham, Liverpool and Tottenham.
Additionally, Newcastle is not mathematically safe from relegation. However, a win this weekend will elevate the Magpies to 12 points above the relegation zone. It leaves the Cottagers to win all their four remaining matches while Steve Bruce loses the last three. The remaining fixtures include Man City, Sheffield United and Fulham.
Leicester City vs. Newcastle United Head to Head
Both sides have 15 games against each other, with Leicester City taking ten wins while Newcastle United with four wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
- Southampton 1-1 Leicester City
- Leicester City 2-1 Crystal Palace
- Foxes 3-0 West Brom
- Leicester 1-0 Southampton
- West Ham 3-2 Leicester City
- Newcastle 0-2 Arsenal
- Liverpool 1-1 Newcastle
- Newcastle 3-2 West Ham
- Burnley 1-2 Newcastle
- Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham
Leicester City Team News
Long-term absentees at the camp include Harvey Barnes and Justin with respective knee injuries. Wes Morgan misses out also with a back issue. Minimal changes remain with Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy leading the attack.
Newcastle United Team News
Fabian Schar starts serving his suspension after picking a red card during their loss to Arsenal. Injury contenders at the camp include Isaac Hayden, Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow and Ryan Fraser. We expect a change in defence with Jacob Murphy and Mattie Ritchie covering the wing-backs.
Prediction and Odds
The Foxes are in no position to be taking chances in these last remaining matches; thus, we expect a win.
Leicester City Win
Goals Under 3.5
Iheanacho to Score