Seventh host fifteenth on Friday night at the King Power Stadium as Leicester welcome a Newcastle side to the East Midlands hoping to snatch the three points that would see them cement seventh spot in the Premier League for the time being. Will Jamie Vardy continue his good form or can Newcastle get the points they need to guarantee safety?
Leicester City vs Newcastle United – Premier League 18/19
Where to Watch
Venue: King Power Stadium
Date: 12 April 2019
Kick Off Time: 20:00 BST
Referee in Charge: Chris Kavanagh
TV Channel / Live Stream: You can watch this match live on Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event, and Sky Sports Ultra HD. Live streaming is also available on the Sky Go app on your mobile or tablet device if you’re on the go during the 90 minutes.
Leicester City vs Newcastle United – The Form Guide
It’s four wins on the bounce for Brendan Rodgers and his Leicester side. The wins against Fulham, Burnley, Bournemouth, and Huddersfield have propelled the Foxes into Europa League contention and fighting for that seventh spot. Jamie Vardy has scored five goals in that period, and he’ll be confident of adding to his tally on Friday night. It’s not inconceivable that he could win the Golden Boot this season. He’s only four goals behind.
Another sign of encouragement for the home side is that Newcastle have won just once against them in the last five years. However, that win did come in this exact fixture last season.
As far as Rafael Benitez is concerned, he’s stated that one more win will be enough to keep his side in the Premier League for at least another season. Will they get it on Friday night? Not is their recent away form is anything to go by. They’ve not won away in the league since before Christmas, picking up just three draws in the last eight Premier League matches on the road.
If Rondon and Almiron start well, they could cause Leicester problems, but it’s apparent that if they have a poor game, Newcastle generally fail to turn up as a whole. The reverse fixture in September ended 2-0 to the Foxes, and if Newcastle play like they did that day and continue their poor form away from home, they’re in for a long night.
What is the Team News?
The good news for the home side is that they should have the first choice centre-back pairing once again. Jonny Evans looks to have recovered from a hip complaint, whereas Harry Maguire is available again after the birth of his child.
As for Newcastle, Mo Diame is back in the squad after missing the home defeat to Crystal Palace last time out with a muscle problem. Florian Lejeune is out for the season.
Leicester Predicted XI: Schmeichel, Pereira, Maguire, Evans, Chilwell, Ndidi, Tielemans, Gray, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy.
Newcastle Predicted XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Schar, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Ki, Perez, Almiron, Rondon.
It’s no surprise to see Leicester priced up by the bookmakers as clear favourites on Friday night. You can back them to win at odds of 7/10, with Newcastle clear underdogs at 4/1. The draw’s available at 3/1.
2-0. Newcastle just do not show up away from home at the moment. That doesn’t bode well at the best of times, but when you’re travelling to a side who have won the last four in a row it’s even harder. Brendan Rodgers has got his side playing some good football and I think they’ll find it easy on Friday night.
As much as I don’t think Newcastle will score, they are always dangerous from set pieces, and Rondon has the ability to score from anywhere on his day. With that being said, I’m going to leave the Win to Nil market alone and, instead, head to the Asian Handicap market. Leicester are 19/10 on the -1.5 Asian Handicap market. That’s what I’m going for.
Match Stats & Facts
- Leicester have won five of their last six meetings with Newcastle.
- Newcastle haven’t scored in six of their last 10 matches against Leicester.
- The Foxes have played six matches on a Friday and have never won.
- Leicester have won four on the spin. They’ve not won five in a row since 2017.
- Jamie Vardy has three goals and one assist in his last five games versus Newcastle.
- Newcastle are looking to win consecutive away games against Leicester in the top-flight since 1959.