George Pitts looks ahead to the single Super Sunday clash, taking place at the King Power Stadium.
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Leicester v Newcastle
- 1630 BST kick-off on Sky Sports Premier League
Sunday's only top-flight clash presents Leicester with a great opportunity to stay in third and within touching distance of the top two.
The time of writing is, of course, before Saturday's action, but the Foxes could make it 14 points from 21 with victory over Newcastle and that would present a promising start to the season for the top-six chasers.
Brendan Rodgers' side completed a great comeback victory against Tottenham at the King Power last week and they will fancy their chances of beating the Magpies here.
Steve Bruce's men have collected just one win and two draws from their opening six, scoring just four goals, and finishing could be a problem for them in this campaign.
One man who needs a goal desperately is Miguel Almiron, their January signing who is still yet to open his account for the club.
The longer it goes on, the worse it will get but he cannot be accused of not trying and once that first one comes they may follow like London buses.
The attacking midfielder has had two or more shots in one game on three occasions this term and a total of eight in six Premier League appearances this term.
The 25-year-old Paraguayan has shown glimpses of his capabilities, and why Newcastle paid around £21m to Atlanta for his services, and he is above evens to register a shot on target in this match. He will be keen to silence any doubters and support Joelinton in the final third by testing goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Staying in the shots market, there is a nice 3/1 price on a certain Leicester player to register an effort on goal.
That man is Ricardo Pereira, who scored in their victory over Spurs, his first goal since October, but he gets in great positions even as a full-back.
The Portugal international had two efforts in total in that clash and one each in their games against Chelsea and Wolves.
He is an incredibly attacking full-back and with Leicester expected to occupy Newcastle's half for a lot of the game, Pereira could be found on the right or even make late runs at the far post.
With a 3/1 price on Pereira to register a shot on target, it is worth a small play on an afternoon where Leicester could run out comfortable winners.
Prediction: Leicester 2-0 Newcastle (Sky Bet odds: 5/1)
- Leicester have lost their last two home Premier League games against Newcastle United having lost just two of the previous 10 (W4 D4 L2).
- Since moving to the King Power Stadium at the start of the 2002-03 season, only four teams have won three consecutive away league games at Leicester, most recently West Brom between 2007 and 2014; no team has ever done so in three consecutive away Premier League games.
- Leicester have won just two of their last 18 Premier League matches on Sundays (W2 D7 L9) and have lost both of their previous Sunday meetings with Newcastle in 1994 and 1997.
- The last four Premier League meetings between Leicester and Newcastle have been won by the away side. Only four fixtures in the competition’s history has seen five consecutive away victories – Leicester v Man City (1994-2003), Blackburn v Fulham (2003-2005), Newcastle v Tottenham (2013-2015) and Crystal Palace v Liverpool (2015- 2017).
- Leicester have lost just one of their last nine home league games (W6 D2), though that defeat was against Newcastle in April.
- Newcastle have alternated between winning and not winning in their last six Premier League away games (W3 D1 L2), losing last time out at Liverpool. They’ve won as many away games in their last six in the competition as they had in their previous 24 (W3 D9 L12).
- Since the start of last season, only Liverpool (19) have won more points from losing positions in the Premier League than Leicester (18), with the Foxes gaining a joint-league high four such points so far this season.
- Newcastle have scored just four goals in their six Premier League games this season, as many as they netted in their last match under Rafael Benitez. All four goals have been scored by different players.
- Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has been directly involved in 10 goals in his last nine Premier League home games, scoring eight and assisting a further two.
- Newcastle manager Steve Bruce is winless in six games against Leicester in all competitions (W0 D2 L4) since winning 2-1 in the Championship with Birmingham City in April 2007.
Odds correct as of 1600 BST on 26/09/19
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