01 January 2020 live
Newcastle United vs Leicester City
Newcastle and Leicester City will return to premiere league action on the first day of the year 2020. Newcastle lost to Everton, thanks to a brace from Dominic Calvert-Lewin (13’, 64’) despite finding an equalizer 56’ into the game. That result was the third loss in their last six games; LLWLWW. An average record which sees them at 11th position with only 25 points in 20 premiere league appearances. Despite an average of 10.3 shots per game, Newcastle has a 1.0 gpg ratio, recording 20 goals all season. They also have an average of 39.2% ball possession – one of the lowest in the league so far. A 3-5-1-1 is expected from Steve Bruce in this game with Andy Caroll leading the attack in an unconventional formation.
Meanwhile, Leicester City who returned to winning ways after the 4-0 thumping from Liverpool will be looking to keep City who are 1 point behind them at bay. Their last match ended in a 2-1 victory against West Ham United. Goals from Nigerian forward, Kelechi Iheanacho (40’) and another from Demaral Gray 56’ gave Leicester the win.
Leicester remain 2nd place with 42 points thanks to a recent form of WLLDW. Both losses were from their closest rivals in the premiere league title race, Manchester City (3-1) and Liverpool (4-0). Jamie Vardy’s goal scoring prowess along with a midfield that chips in occasionally sees that they have 2.1 goals per game. Brendan Rodgers will feature the league’s highest goal scorer (17 goals), Jamie Vardy once again to lead the attack against Newcastle in his 4-5-1 formation.
The last time both sides met, Leicester City took apart Newcastle in a game that ended 5-0. Goals from Jamie Vardy (54’, 64’), Pereira (16’), Wilfred Ndidi and an own goal from Paul Dummett (57’) won the game for Leicester City. It was a game of no contest as Leicester had 69% of the ball and took 13 shots at goal against Newcastle’s 31% and 3 shots. In that game Leicester city converted all shots on target – 5.
Steve Bruce has a mounting injury list, with Fabian Schar, Florian Lejuene and Joelinton complaining of injuries following the back-to-back fixtures of this festive period. Meanwhile Brendan Rogers has no injury worries for his side and will select his best men for the tie. Leicester have won 5 of their last 6 away premier League matches. Barring any New Year Surprises, Leicester City should see a comfortable win against an average Newcastle.
The match will kick off at 3PM UK Time be officiated by Martin Atkinson from England.
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Time: 3PM UK Time
Match Day: 21
Venue: St. James Park
Defeat last time out at St James’ Park saw Newcastle’s eight-game unbeaten home league run ended (W4, D4, L1). Whichever way it goes here, a tight affair could be forthcoming, as all of Newcastle’s home league games not to end level this season have seen the game settled by a single-goal margin (W4, L2).
Despite conceding the opening goal in four of their last five here, Newcastle have also drawn a joint league-high four PL games on home soil this season, with 75% of those draws coming after a level half-time scoreline.
If any team is to end the run of tight games at St James’ Park seen this term, it could be Leicester City, with four of their six away league victories producing a 2+ goal margin. Leicester have also scored 2+ goals in five of their last six away league games.
The visitors typically keep it clean, picking up fewer bookings this season (21) than all but Liverpool (20), and registering fewer than their opposition on the day in three of their last four away league games. Moreover, Leicester’s opposition have received the first booking in four of their last six away league games.
Players to watch: Often a safe bet for a card, Fabian Schär has been booked in five of his last 14 appearances for club & country.
Leicester proved last game they can win matches without Jamie Vardy and James Maddison contributing, with both goals in their win at West Ham assisted by Ayoze Pérez.
Stat attack: Five of Newcastle’s nine home league games have seen a goalless first half.
Seven of Newcastle’s last ten points earned at home have been gained from losing positions.
Leicester have only failed to win away from home when losing at half-time, winning all other games.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 16:00.