Preview - Newcastle United vs Leicester City 29 September 18

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Match Day 7
Newcastle United vs Leicester City
Saturday, September 29th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St James' Park

Newcastle United:   
Last five matches form: D L L L D
Average goals per match: 0.67
Average goals against per match: 1.33
Top Scorer: Joselu (2)

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: W W L L W
Average goals per match: 1.83
Average goals against per match: 1.67
Top Scorer: James Maddison (3)

Six games and no wins for Newcastle United so far. A run which the Magpies are going to need to end sooner rather than later if they are to avoid being sucked into the relegation battle. Their next chance to bag those elusive three points comes this week at home to Leicester City.

Newcastle fans were hoping for an improvement this season as the club looked to build on their excellent tenth placed finish. Instead it has been largely more of the same. A side solid at the back and incredibly well organised by Rafa Benitez, but often looking devoid of inspiration in the final third. In fairness to the Black and Whites they have endured a tough start to the season on the fixture list, but then again there are no easy games in this league.

These two sides exchanged away wins last season; Leicester coming out on top when winning 3-2 here, and Newcastle gaining their revenge with a 2-1 win at the King Power.

Other than long term injury victim Florian Lejeune Newcastle have a relatively fit squad to choose from here, with Salomon Rondon the only slight doubt.

Leicester City must do without Matty James and Demarai Gray.

Leicester have lost five of their last six on the road in the Premier League and have just one clean sheet in their last ten away games.

Much depends on which Leicester City turn up here as they have been very hit and miss this season. Whilst Leicester are better than Newcastle going forward, the home side look significantly better in defence. We see a narrow home win in this one.

Prediction: Newcastle United 2 - 1 Leicester City


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots:  5 - 8
Shots on target: 3 - 4
Corner Kicks: 5 - 9
Possession: 41% - 59%

No bookings at St James' Park as both sets of players kept on the right side of referee Simon Hooper throughout.

The storm clouds are brewing at St James' Park now and its beginning to look as though something is going to have to give sooner rather than later, as Newcastle lost their first four home league games of a season for the first time in their history. That lack of summer investment, and indeed lack of support for the manager last season too, is now looking like it may finally be catching up with the beleaguered Magpies.

On the pitch this was a match to forget as truthfully Leicester City really weren't much better - if at all - than their hapless hosts.

Given the way this game was going, with both sides really struggling in the creativity department, it wasn't all that much of a surprise that the opening goal of the game came from the penalty spot. Harry Maguire lashing an effort towards goal following a corner from the right and Deandre Yedlin blocking with his arms. Jamie Vardy finishing right into the bottom left corner. 0-1 at half-time.

The game ending second goal came in the 73d minute. James Maddison swinging in a corner from the right-hand side to find Harry Maguire rising highest to thump a header past Martin Dubravka.

Not too much response from Newcastle and the game petered out. 0-2 final score.

Leicester move up to seventh spot on the back of this win.

Newcastle remain rooted in the bottom three. Not much light at the ned of the tunnel for Rafa Benitez's men as next up it's a trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.

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