Leicester City kicks off the New Year with hopes of extending their unbeaten run in the Premier League to four matches. The side travels to St. James Park this Sunday to take on Newcastle United with a kickoff at 5:15 pm.
The Foxes start 2021 in the third position, while Magpies are down the 14th spot after four games without a win. However, the side comes from an impressive 0-0 draw to Liverpool while Leicester City from a disappointing 1-1 draws to Crystal Palace.
Following their 1-1 draw to Crystal Palace, Brendan Rodgers received some criticism over the team selection. However, Norwegian stands by his choice of rotating the squad amid a demanding schedule mainly due to their Europa League campaign.
There is an exciting union between James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, and James Vardy in the final third. However, their defensive structure needs to keep up with two clean sheets from their last five matches.
Since their 2-1 win over West Brom back on December 12, Newcastle has only managed to pull off two points from their last four league matches. Adding their EFL Cup defeat to Brentford to the equation, Steve Bruce is under immense pressure over his job at St. James Park.
The side shone some bright light, especially with their 0-0 draw to Liverpool after the Reds failed to convert some shots on target.
Newcastle vs. Leicester City Head to Head
Both sides have 14 matches against each other, with Newcastle taking home four wins while Leicester City with nine wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Newcastle 0-0 Liverpool
Man City 2-0 Newcastle
Brentford 1-0 Newcastle
Newcastle 1-1 Fulham
Leeds 5-2 Newcastle
Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester City
Leicester City 2-2 Man United
Tottenham 0-2 Leicester
Leicester 3-0 Brighton
Leicester City 2-0 AEK Athens
Newcastle United Team News
Steve Bruce remains without Isaac Hayden, who serves a one-match suspension after picking five yellow cards. Either Jonjo Shelvey or Sean Longstaff will come into the midfield. Saint-Maximin remains recovering from the effects of coronavirus.
Leicester City Team News
Timothy Castagne returns to the starting XI after resting during their weekend clash with Palace. Wesley Fofana and Maddison remain under assessment ahead of the clash with the weekend for the duo. James Vardy returns to the starting lineup after coming off as a substitute last weekend.
Prediction and Odds
Newcastle proved they can take off some points from top sides, but Leicester benefit from the extra rest.
Leicester City Win
Both Teams to Score
More Goals: 2H