19:00 GMT 12 April 2019
The race for the Premier League title dominates the headlines at the moment but a busy weekend of English football kicks off at the King Power Stadium on Friday night. Newcastle United travel to Leicester City in a game that could have big European implications.
Leicester’s form against Newcastle has been great in recent years as they have won five of the last six meetings between the sides, including the reverse fixture earlier in the season where they ran out 2-0 winners. The Magpies did win on their last trip to the East Midlands at the end of last season. There have been over 2.5 goals in four of the last six fixtures with both teams scoring in just two of them.
The hosts can strengthen their grip on 7th place with a win on Friday night and they are boosted by the returns of both Jonny Evans and Harry Maguire in the backline. Marc Albrighton is still sidelined though.
Latest matches: Leicester City
|06.04.2019||Prem||Huddersfield Town||Leicester City||1:4||W|
|30.03.2019||Prem||Leicester City||Bournemouth AFC||2:0||W|
|16.03.2019||Prem||Burnley FC||Leicester City||1:2||W|
|09.03.2019||Prem||Leicester City||Fulham FC||3:1||W|
|03.03.2019||Prem||Watford FC||Leicester City||2:1||L|
A victory for the visitors would see them take a huge step to confirming their safety and Mo Diame is expected to return to the squad after missing out last time. Florian Lejeune injured his knee and will not feature for the rest of the campaign.
Latest matches: Newcastle United
|06.04.2019||Prem||Newcastle United||Crystal Palace||0:1||L|
|01.04.2019||Prem||Arsenal FC||Newcastle United||2:0||L|
|16.03.2019||Prem||Bournemouth AFC||Newcastle United||2:2||D|
|09.03.2019||Prem||Newcastle United||Everton FC||3:2||W|
|02.03.2019||Prem||West Ham United||Newcastle United||2:0||L|
Leicester’s great form against Newcastle over the last few years is expected to continue on Friday as they hunt for a return to European football. The Foxes have conceded in four of their last five victories and I expect that trend to continue with the away side posing attacking intent of their own. Vardy will be hopeful of continuing his red hot form so backing him to score in a Leicester win provides good value.
12 April 2019 - 19:00 GMT
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