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Newcastle v Leicester: match preview


On 1 January 2020 Leicester travelled to St James’ Park and rather enjoyed themselves. Not content with winning 3-0, they controlled 77% of the possession and left Steve Bruce’s players looking distinctly second-best in almost every department. At a time when he remains under intense pressure from Newcastle supporters who would like nothing better than to see him replaced by his still-adored predecessor, Rafael Benítez, Bruce could do with avoiding a similar new year mauling at the hands of Brendan Rodgers’s high flyers. The home manager can only hope Callum Wilson will eclipse Leicester’s Jamie Vardy in the attacking department, while his side’s new abandonment of their hallmark “low block” and new tactic of pressing higher up the pitch – which produced a point when Liverpool visited Tyneside last Wednesday – will pay dividends. Louise Taylor

Sunday 2.15pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue St James’ Park

Last season Newcastle 0 Leicester 3

Referee Rob Jones

This season G3 Y8 R0 2.67 cards/game

Odds H 4-1 A 4-6 D 3-1

Newcastle

Subs from Dubravka, Dummett, Carroll, Gayle, Lewis, Hendrick, Krafth, Almirón, Gillespie, Shelvey

Doubtful Dummett (illness)

Injured Lascelles (illness, unknown), Manquillo (illness, unknown), Saint-Maximin (illness, unknown), Fraser (groin, 9 Jan)

Suspended Hayden (one match)

Discipline Y29 R0

Form WWLDLDL

Leading scorer Wilson 8

Leicester

Subs from Jakupovic, Ward, Fofana, Morgan, Gray, Albrighton, Slimani, Iheanacho, Pérez, Amartey, Under, Choudhury, Pereira, Mendy, Fuchs, Thomas

Doubtful Fofana (knee), Pereira (groin), Under (thigh)

Injured None

Suspended None

Discipline Y33 R0

Form WWLWDD

Leading scorer Vardy 12



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