On Boxing Day, when Leicester City hosts Newcastle United, two of the Premier League’s top teams before the midseason break face off. Leicester City vs Newcastle United Live, Prediction, Team News, Lineups below.
On their return to competitive play in the middle of the week, both teams secured their spots in the EFL Cup quarterfinals.
Leicester City vs Newcastle United Live
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Leicester City vs Newcastle United Prediction
This will be a very interesting match that could go either way because Newcastle have been fantastic all season and Leicester undoubtedly turned a corner just before the break.
A goal fest is unlikely because both teams’ defenses had been very strong as the season came to an end.
Leicester City vs Newcastle United Match preview
Brendan Rodgers’ future at Leicester appeared to be bleak in early October after a disastrous start and a third loss away at Bournemouth.
However, after losing at the Vitality Stadium, they picked up 13 points from six games and within a month were comfortably off the bottom of the standings and in the middle of the table.
Despite their disastrous start, which included losses of 6-2 and 5-2, they have now stabilized their goal difference by scoring more goals than any other team outside the current top six.
A big part of that was the team’s impressive 4-0 victories over Nottingham Forest and Wolverhampton Wanderers, as well as James Maddison’s form, who has already assisted on 11 goals in the Premier League this season—only four players have assisted on more.
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Leicester’s midweek cup victory over MK Dons suggests they might be able to continue where they left off.
Although Leicester’s comeback has been impressive, it can be argued that Newcastle has outperformed every other team in Europe this year.
The Magpies are in third place, just two points behind Manchester City and four points ahead of Manchester United, the closest team vying for a top four spot, and are a startling 20 points better off than they were at this point last season.
Due to their unbeaten streak across all competitions since a late loss at Anfield in August—their only loss this season—they were guaranteed a spot in the Champions League positions in time for the World Cup break.
Eddie Howe’s team has been a revelation thanks to a very stable defense, which now includes the addition of Sven Botman, and the scorching play of Miguel Almiron, the Premier League Player of the Month for October.
Similar to Leicester, they continued where they left off by defeating Bournemouth in the EFL Cup on Tuesday with a commanding performance.
Leicester City vs Newcastle United Team News
Seven Leicester players participated in the World Cup, but almost all of them were invited back to the team after the conclusion of the group stage matches.
The crucial players Danny Ward, Daniel Amartey, Wout Faes, Timothy Castagne, and Youri Tielemans were present at the finals, but all left early and are prepared to return to club play.
Maddison was a member of the England team that advanced to the quarterfinals, but since he didn’t play for a single second, his legs won’t be under too much stress.
Due to the persistent knee issue that almost prevented him from being named to the squad, he is questionable for this game.
While Johnny Evans will be sidelined for some time due to an injury sustained against Troyes in their other friendly during the break, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is still able to play despite tweaking his calf during a friendly with Sheffield United that was played behind closed doors.
As Leicester’s defensive injuries continue to mount, Ryan Bertrand, Ricardo Pereira, and James Justin all remain on the sidelines, and Caglar Soyuncu will undergo a postgame fitness test.
Although the Swedish striker is still not prepared to rejoin Newcastle, he should be able to participate in their demanding January schedule.
Ryan Fraser and Elliot Anderson, two Scottish players, should be able to rejoin the matchday squad in this situation, but Matt Ritchie, Paul Dummett, and Emil Krafth all continue to play in wide defensive positions for Howe’s team.
The only change from the starting lineup that defeated Chelsea before the break was the addition of Callum Wilson in place of Chris Wood up front, so they are likely to stick with the same lineup that defeated Bournemouth.
Possible Leicester City vs Newcastle United Starting Lineups
Leicester City starting lineup:
Newcastle United starting lineup:
- S Longstaff
- Bruno Guimaraes