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Many pundits predicted that Newcastle United would slide back down into the Championship at the end of 2017/18 and while the Magpies sit fifteenth in the Premier League and have put in some impressive performances along the way, their quality has been questionable in recent outings and they are slowly but surely drifting towards the bottom three in the Premier League table. The vocal home fans can be a massive advantage at St James’ park but if things aren’t going too well they are quick to turn on the players and we appear to be in the middle of a poor run of form right now.
Newcastle United took a surprise lead against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last time out, however the Blues had few problems in dismantling the visitors and running out 3-1 winners at the final whistle. The Magpies have now failed to win any of their last six top-flight outings and boss Rafael Benitez will be desperate to stop the rot. Can he achieve it this weekend when Leicester City come to town?
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Claude Puel is now the man in the Leicester City hot-seat following the dismissal of Craig Shakespeare and the new Foxes boss will be in confident mood after seeing his new charges win their last two games against Tottenham Hotspur (2-1) and Burnley (1-0). Indeed Leicester have now lost just once in their last eight competitive outings and as such they now find themselves sitting in the top-half of the Premier League table. Their sole defeat during this impressive run was at the hands of runaway league leaders Manchester City and the Foxes will be eager to keep the momentum going this weekend.
We believe that they will do exactly that. Newcastle United haven’t enjoyed their meetings with Leicester City over the past few seasons with the Magpies losing each of the last four meetings between the sides. The Newcastle side appear to be losing confidence at the moment and this doesn’t bode well ahead of a clash with a Foxes outfit which will be brimming with it following their excellent results of late. As such we have little hesitation in predicting a Leicester City win with the bookmakers going 9/5 that the Foxes collect all three points at St James’ park on Saturday evening.
Jamie Vardy added to the goal-tally in the 2-1 win over Spurs with the England striker finding the net seven times in his fifteen top-flight matches this season. He has proven his worth beyond doubt for Leicester City for the past few seasons and we’ll be backing him at 8/5 to get his name onto the scoresheet at St James’ Park this weekend.
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