There comes a time when a team needs to change tack and adopt a more offensive manner of play, especially if the said side have accrued just two points from their opening six matches.
Newcastle United sit eighteenth in the Premier League table and, while most onlookers don’t expect the Magpies to suffer relegation this season, the Tyneside club are still awaiting that first victory of the season. They are 8/5 with Betfair to finally break their duck in this clash.
True enough, opponents thus far have included Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City, with all of these sides only managing to beat Newcastle by a single goal, while games against Cardiff and Crystal Palace have been drawn.
However, the match after this one is at Old Trafford and Rafael Benitez would dearly love to head south having banked three points against a Leicester side who look great going forward but have been profligate at the back so far.
Benitez has a workmanlike squad at his disposal, with Jamaal Lascelles the commander of a defence that doesn’t give many soft goals away, while there is a settled look about a midfield that includes Mohamed Diame, Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie.
Kenedy is there to provide some skill and hopefully some goals, with Ladbrokes going 17/2 that he scores the opener. However, the team have only scored four goals thus far and Joselu has been responsible for two of them, with Benitez likely to prefer his compatriot ahead of Rondon and he’s 13/2 (bet365) on the First Scorer market.
Benitez will always be a pragmatic manager although he’s conscious of the need to attack at home and get the supporters on their feet, with Leicester having shipped ten goals in their first six matches. It’s for that reason that you can get both teams to score at 4/5 (Paddy Power).
The Foxes sit ninth in the Premier League table after three wins and three defeats, with the Midlands side coming from behind to beat Huddersfield last weekend although it’s hard to judge their respective qualities against a Terriers side who look like the division’s whipping boys.
James Maddison has clearly brought bundles of quality in attacking midfield and appears to be linking up well with Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy, the latter of whom was sharp as a tack against Huddersfield and will be keen to wreak some more damage in this one.
However, City are more suspect when it comes to the defence even if Jonny Evans will probably be the long-term partner to Harry Maguire at the back, with a lack of pace potentially exposing this duo.
There is an issue with the right-back position and Daniel Amartey is currently occupying that role, although Ben Chilwell does look a more accomplished performer at left-back and is another in that position that gets forward well to support the attack.
Leicester Will Hope for Continued Success
Claude Puel will want his City team to build on that recent success against Huddersfield and it’s fair to say both sides will look upon this game as a winnable fixture, with the Foxes chalked up at 21/10 with BetVictor to win this game.
That might mean that the shackles are off and we might witness a strangely exciting game. Last season, this match ended 3-2 in favour of the visitors and we wouldn’t be surprised if something similar occurs here.
The fact that you can back Over 2.5 Goals at odds-against makes plenty of appeal, with the best bookmakers judging Newcastle more on their defensive style adopted when coming face-to-face with top six teams.