English Premier League
Kick Off: Saturday, 13 April at 12.30 AM IST
Stadium: King Power
Free English Premier League Picks Leicester City vs. Newcastle United
Leicester City are boosted by the return of Harry Maguire and Jonny Evans as they look to maintain their winning momentum against Newcastle on Friday in the Premier League. Leicester City have won five of their last six league encounters with Newcastle United (L1) – as many as they’d won in their previous 29 (W5 D8 L16). Newcastle haven’t been in able to score in their previous two games and they still need points to be play in the Premier League next season. Newcastle United are looking to win consecutive away games against Leicester in the top-flight for the first time since September 1959 under Charlie Mitten.
The Foxes are well and truly in the race for Europa League, since the departure of Claude Puel – Leicester has picked up 15 points from their six games. Brendan Rodgers is looking to make his mark at Leicester after having succeeded at Celtic. Jamie Vardy was once again the star for the Foxes in their last game against Huddersfield, the Englishmen will need to continue his good form if Leicester are to finish on a high note this season. The Foxes will be confident going into the game and their manager would know the Magpies like to defend well and wait for counter. Leicester have been ruthless in scoring goals; netting 11 in their previous four games. It will be interesting to see their tactics against a good defensive side. Jamie Vardy is expected to play after a minor injury, but Marc Albrighton is still unavailable to play due to match fitness.
There’s only one spot remaining in the relegation zone for this season and considering Cardiff’s remaining fixtures they are expected to fill that void. Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez would still be concerned after their defeat against Crystal Palace at home last weekend. The Magpies ambitions of staying in the league might be completed even if they face are defeated on Friday, but they need to build a base for next season. Rondon will once again be the key for Newcastle as he has been throughout the season. Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune is ruled out for the rest of the season. The Frenchman was carried off on a stretcher after injuring his left knee in a clash with Andros Townsend. Meanwhile, Mohamed Diame returns after missing the last game with a muscle problem.
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Newcastle have failed to find the net in six of their last 10 Premier League away games versus Leicester, scoring just six goals.
Leicester have played more Premier League games on a Friday without a victory than any other side in the competition (P6 W0 D2 L4). Meanwhile, Newcastle have lost more Premier League games on Friday than any other side (6).
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy has had a hand in four goals in his last five Premier League games vs Newcastle (three goals, one assist), including scoring in this exact fixture last term.
Leicester’s Youri Tielemans has either scored or assisted a goal in five of his last six Premier League appearances, scoring twice and assisting three.
Jamie Vardy has netted six goals in Leicester’s five Premier League games under Brendan Rodgers so far, accounting for 50% of the Foxes’ total under the new manager.
Leicester 2 – 1 Newcastle