Preview: Leicester City vs. Newcastle United – prediction, team news, lineups
By Barney Corkhill, Editor | 1d
An in-form Leicester City side will look to fire another reminder of their top-six credentials on Sunday when they welcome Newcastle United to the King Power Stadium.
The Foxes go into the match sitting third in the Premier League table, just two points behind champions Manchester City, whereas Newcastle teeter one place above the relegation zone.
Leicester possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Perez, Tielemans, Ndidi, Choudhury, Barnes; Vardy
Newcastle possible starting lineup:
Dubravka; Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Willems; Saint-Maximin, Hayden, Longstaff, Atsu; Joelinton
Leicester offered hints of a bright future under Brendan Rodgers during the second half of last season, but sitting third heading into the final game of September would have been beyond the most optimistic expectations of most fans, particularly after losing Harry Maguire during the summer.
The Foxes have begun the campaign in hugely impressive fashion, though, with only Maguire’s new team Manchester United inflicting defeat on them in their eight outings across all competitions so far.
Leicester were not even in such a good position after six games of their title-winning season and, while a repeat of those heroics look unlikely considering the strength of the top two, they will certainly go into the majority of their matches this season as favourites.
That may not be the case when Rodgers returns to Anfield next weekend, but few would be expecting them to drop points against Newcastle having come from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur in their most recent league game.
Leicester then continued their winning ways with a 4-0 EFL Cup thrashing of Luton Town on Tuesday night, having beaten Newcastle on penalties in the previous round, keeping their first clean sheet since the opening day of the season in the process.
A Premier League shutout will be the next target having conceded exactly one goal in all of their matches since the opening day, and they will fancy their chances of getting one at home to the league’s joint-lowest scorers.