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Premier League • Day 16
12/12/21 09:00 AM
4 - 0
45' : 1 - 0

Tip Leicester - Newcastle

Prediction published on December 8, 2021 at 3:26 AM - Modified on December 9, 2021 at 4:27 AM

Leicester City welcome Newcastle to the King Power Stadium on Sunday for this matchday 16 Premier League clash. The home side have suffered an inconsistent season and currently find themselves in 11th place with five wins, four draws, six losses and a total of 19 points. After a hugely impressive 2020/21 season which saw the Foxes finish fifth and win the FA Cup, Brendan Rodgers’ team is struggling to replicate the same form this time around. Newcastle come into this match in 19th place with just 10 points. They trail 17th place Watford by three points and will be looking to give their survival chances a huge boost with a positive result here.

Leicester will be without seven players due to various positive COVID tests and related illnesses. This creates somewhat of an injury crisis as they have already been dealing with a number of key players missing recent games. This will be the Foxes seventh game in the last 18 days with games coming thick and fast due to their involvement in the Europa League. Eddie Howe has led Newcastle to their first league win of the season in their last match, overcoming Burnley 1-0 at home. Howe, who was known for his expansive style of football when he was manager of Bournemouth, has mostly lined up his side in a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1. This should be a welcome sight to Newcastle fans who had to endure years of five at the back, counter-attacking tactics. 

Key points Leicester - Newcastle

key points iconLeicester have only kept one clean sheet at home across 11 matches in all competitions.

key points iconNewcastle have yet to keep an away clean sheet this season.

key points iconFour out of the last five away games for Newcastle have hit both teams to score.

key points iconBoth teams have scored in four of Leicester’s last five league matches.

key points iconThe last 2 matches between the sides have seen both teams scoring with nine total goals.

Conclusion Leicester - Newcastle

This match sees two managers with a very similar philosophy of how the game should be played. They both encourage positivity and attacking play with the ball. Combined with both teams' defensive struggles, it’s difficult not to predict goals in this one. The worry for Leicester is that, given their congested fixture list and laundry list of unavailable players, they won’t be at full strength and might struggle with fatigue. They should be able to net at least one goal against a defensively poor Newcastle side but a 1-1 result would not be a surprise.

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