Kick-off: 1500, 01/01/2020
Stadium: St James’ Park
TV: BT Sport
Leicester beat Newcastle 5-0 at home at the end of September and have come out on top on their last three Premier League trips to St James’ Park.
The Foxes can also boast a 100% record when visiting teams outside of the top five this term, scoring a whopping 21 goals in six such fixtures.
We’re going with 31/20 for an away win and over 2.5 goals in the game for our initial Newcastle vs Leicester prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle enjoyed a run of five wins in eight games before Christmas, but now must recover from back-to-back defeats.
The Magpies went down 4-1 at Manchester United on Boxing Day and then lost 2-1 at home to Everton 48 hours later.
After Saturday’s reversal, Steve Bruce said: “I don’t think there was much in it, but I think Everton are a very good side.
“Over the last month, you can see them gaining that little bit of confidence and they have got good players.”
Bruce could be facing mounting injury problems, as Fabian Schar and Joelinton complained of hamstring and calf strains respectively after that game.
They could join the likes of Matt Ritchie and Paul Dummett on the sidelines, but the hosts have scored in seven consecutive matches at this venue, so they should be competitive again.
We still think the visitors are a cut above, though, and like 5/2 for an away win and both teams to score from the Newcastle vs Leicester odds.
Last Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Schar, Willems, Fernandez, Lejeune, Yedlin, Shelvey, Hayden, Almiron, Carroll, Joelinton.
A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds
Leicester found Manchester City and Liverpool too hot to handle either side of Christmas but capitalised on a drop back in class when winning 2-1 at West Ham.
Despite being without star striker Jamie Vardy due to the birth of his new baby daughter, the Foxes obliged thanks to goals from Kelechi Iheanacho and Demarai Gray, who also missed a first-half penalty.
Brendan Rodgers made nine changes for that clash and explained: “To play how we wanted to play, we needed that energy and attitude. I felt the changes were important for us.”
Such a bold move should ensure the Foxes will be able to bring relatively fresh legs back in for this contest.
It should be noted that both of these teams have tended to keep things pretty tight in the early exchanges.
That makes 11/10 for more goals to be scored in the second half of the game than the first worth adding to our Newcastle vs Leicester betting tips.
Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Justin, Morgan, Evans, Fuchs, Gray, Albrighton, Choudhury, Mendy, Iheanacho, Perez.
NEWCASTLE 1-2 Everton – Fabian Schar
West Ham 1-2 LEICESTER – Kelechi Iheanacho, Demarai Gray
Head-to-head: Leicester 5-0 Newcastle, Newcastle 1-1 Leicester, Leicester 0-1 Newcastle, Newcastle 0-2 Leicester, Leicester 1-2 Newcastle, Newcastle 2-3 Leicester
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