The Foxes will surely be under pressure.

Last updated: March 11, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details


Kick-off: Monday, 8pm
Venue: The King Power Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: WDWLW
Away form: LLWLW
Last season: 3-0
Competition: The Premier League

Leicester City got closer to the title after their success over Watford at Vicarage Road last weekend. The game was very difficult for The Foxes, however, Riyad Mahrez secured the three points with his brilliant goal in the 56th minute. Now, Claudio Ranieri’s players feel they can win the title, but they will be under pressure against 19th-placed Newcastle United.

The Magpies lost 1-3 to Bournemouth in the previous Premier League round. They showed again that they have serious problems in defence. Newcastle United haven’t kept a clean sheet in an away game since 7th November 2015 when they beat The Cherries 1-0 at The Vitality Stadium. In addition, The Magpies lost 11 of their 14 matches away from St. James’ Park this season. Steve McClaren’s players are among the worst visitors in The Premier League (7 points).

Leicester City won three consecutive games against Newcastle United. The Foxes smashed The Magpies 3-0 at St. James’ Park earlier this season. Jamie Vardy, Ulloa and Okazaki scored for Leicester City. 23 of 40 matches at The King Power Stadium have finished with victories for Claudio Ranieri’s team.

Team News

N’Golo Kante has recovered from his injury. The French midfielder is expected to be included in the starting eleven by Claudio Ranieri.

Matty James remains the only injured player in Leicester City’s squad. The midfielder is close to recovery, but the manager won’t risk him.

Newcastle United’s key defender, Fabricio Coloccini has received a calf muscle strain. The last time the Argentinian played was against Chelsea on 13th February 2016.

Mbabu, Cisse, Obertan, Haidara, Krul, Mbemba and Toney are also injured for The Magpies. Newcastle are still among the teams with highest number of injured players.

Quotes of the week

Claudio Ranieri Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) :
“We are not nervous, our job is done and our job was to save the team.”

Steve McClaren  from Newcastle Steve McClaren (Newcastle) :
“I don’t care who the manager is, but the club will get out of this.”

Expected line-ups:

Leicester (4-4-2): Schmeichel, Huth, Morgan, Simpson, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Kante, Mahrez, Vardy, Okazaki.
Subs Gray, Wasilewski, King, Schlupp, Ulloa, Schwarzer, Inler
Injured: James.
Not available:
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Elliot, Dummett, Janmaat, Taylor, Lascelles, Colback, Shelvey, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Townsend, Mitrovic
Subs Saivet, Doumbia, Darlow, Ayoze, Tiote, Aarons, Riviere.
Injured: Anita, Mbabu, Krul, Obertan, Haïdara, Cisse, Mbemba, Coloccini.
Not available:

So far this season

. . .
Leicester this season Newcastle this season
1 League Position 19
8 (9) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (2)
3-0 vs. Stoke, Swansea and Newcastle Biggest win 6-2 vs. Norwich
5 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 5 (1)
1 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (11)
2-5 to Arsenal Biggest Defeat 1-6 to Man City
Vardy (19) Top scorer Wijnaldum (9)
Mahrez (11) Assist Leader Sissoko (5)
Y42, R1 Discipline Y46, R4
3 Failures to score 12
10 Clean Sheets 5
18 Both Teams to Score Games 13
17 Over 2.5 Games 15
12 Under 2.5 Games 13
  • The Magpies have lost their last 6 Premier League matches away from St. James’ Park. They have recorded only 2 away victories this season.
  • Leicester City have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 matches at The King Power Stadium. The Foxes conceded just 2 goals in these games.
  • Claudio Ranieri’s team recorded 8 victories from their 14 home games this season. They lost only once in The Premier League at The King Power Stadium.
  • Newcastle United have kept a clean sheet only once in their last 13 Premier League matches. They did it against West Brom on 6th February 2016 (1-0).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
21/11/15 The Premier League Newcastle 0-3 Leicester J. Vardy 45′
02/05/15 The Premier League Leicester 3-0 Newcastle L. Ulloa 1′
03/01/15 The FA Cup Leicester 1-0 Newcastle L. Ulloa 39′
18/10/14 The Premier League Newcastle 1-0 Leicester G. Obertan 71′
30/01/10 The Championship Leicester 0-0 Newcastle