Leicester City VS Newcastle Prediction
Only few months ago “The Magpies” were looking pretty sure for their Premier League position as they could even dream for a first half finishing, but the reality in the beginning of May can turn into a completely different level after the visit in “King Power Stadium” in Leicester, where Leicester City will host against Newcastle in the opening game of game week 35 in the English Premier League. After 34 games so far both teams are in the second half of the EPL table, where the visitors from the English North East are located on 14th position with 35 points, while “The Foxes” from East Midlands are right above the relegation zone, as Nigel Pearson’s men are on 17th place with 31 points but they can easily return in the relegation zone, since the 18th Sunderland is with 1 points less, and with 1 game less as well. However Leicester’s form in the last weeks is impressive and except the midweek defeat against Chelsea (1:3 in a postponed game) “The Foxes” were with four consecutive wins, which were crucial for boosting of Leicester City’s chances to stay in the Premier League and now this looks very realistic. Elementary mathematics shows that the difference between Leicester City and Newcastle United is very thin and a possible home win in Saturday’s midday can slip Newcastle, who will travel for Leicester after 7 consecutive defeats, as the last win for “The Magpies” dates from last day of February, when Newcastle won over Aston Villa – 1:0 at home. It’s quite obvious that Newcastle’s drop came after Alan Pardew’s departure, who switched to Crystal Palace in the first days of 2015, and it seems that the decision of Newcastle’s board to leave John Carver as a team manager until the end of the season can cost them pretty much. Newcastle is the team that’s in worst form in the EPL, and these seven consecutive losses simply attest to the poor form of “The Geordies”. Of course, as an add we must mention about the all the time selection headache at “St James’ Park”, which is present once again. John Carver will have to pick his starting squad without the names of Jak Alnwick, Steven Taylor, Massadio Haidara, Cheick Tiote, Rolando Aarons, who are all injured, while Papiss Cisse remains suspended. Paul Dummett and Daryl Janmaat are both questionable for the upcoming clash, but the good news for John Carver come from the fact that Moussa Sissoko will return in Newcastle’s midfield, after he served a two-match ban in the last two defeats – 1:3 vs Tottenham Hotspur, 2:3 vs Swansea City.
Betting prediction and possible starting lineups of Leicester City and Newcastle United – EPL 02.05.2015
Both sides will have to chase the victory, which can be crucial for both sides only 4 rounds before the season’s end. Home win will give good hopes for “The Foxes”, who were considered for a relegation favourites only few weeks ago, while away win will most likely secure the EPL position of Newcastle United, who were even in top 4 for a short period. However that was few months ago and the team was in really superb form, while at that moment this is not exactly like in end of October, beginning of November, and we believe that Leicester City will achieve their second home success over Newcastle in season 2014-2015. The previous game between both clubs was in the beginning of the year, when “The Foxes” have won with 1:0 over “The Magpies” in the first days of January, but the game was part from The FA Cup – Leonardo Ulloa scored the winning goal for Leicester City. Few months Leicester City’s supporters will wish to sign Ulloa’s name once again, as the Argentinian striker will most likely be partner of Jamie Vardy in Leicester’s attack. Our expectations here are related with a home win – Leicester City can take all the points from the home clash against Newcastle, which will surely worsen the situation at “St James’ Park”.
Possible starting lineups:
Leicester City: Schmeichel – Morgan, Wasilewski, Huth – Schlupp, James, Cambiasso, Drinkwater, Albrighton – Vardy, Ulloa. (3-5-2)
Newcastle: Krul – Janmaat, Coloccini, Williamson, Anita – Colback, Taylor, Sissoko – Cabella, Perez, De Jong. (4-3-3)