Newcastle (L-L-W) and Leicester City (D-D-W)
Carabao Cup Second Round: Wednesday, 28th August, 2019 at 2:45 pm EST (St. James Park)
Line and Odds: Leicester +100
Free Soccer Pick Newcastle vs. Leicester City
The Magpies are set to welcome the Foxes to a Carabao Cup clash in a few hours as both sides enter this matchup with lots of positivity. While Newcastle manager Steve Bruce led his squad to a shock winner against Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City recorded their first win of the season against Sheffield United.
The Newcastle squad certainly have a lot of confidence on their side. After playing against a top-six team and putting out a defensive masterclass display, Magpies manager Steve Bruce will urge his team to continue in the same manner against the Foxes.
While they had started off the season on a poor note, things seem to have taken a turn for good. Newcastle fans may not yet let Steve Bruce off the hook, especially with the 3-1 loss to Norwich still fresh in their memories. However, hopes have been renewed, if only temporarily, and the Magpies will look to take advantage of it.
Newcastle United also face a major problem with a looming injury crisis. Their win against Tottenham wasn't without consequences as they lost two important players to injury. While midfielder Allan Saint-Maximin picked up a hamstring injury, captain and defender Jamaal Lascelles also got injured. These players join the current pileup of Joelinton, Fabian Schar, Miguel Almiron, and Christian Atsu, all of whom are likely to be sidelined in the coming game.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the game, Magpies manager Steve Bruce said, "I've got players which have a few knocks and bruises. Joelinton has played when he was sore with a groin [injury], so he is a bit of a doubt. [Miguel] Almiron, [Fabian] Schar, Jamaal [Lascelles], and [Christian] Atsu are all doubts. I still expect to pick a team which is hopefully going to take us through [to the next round].”
Newcastle would need to be wary of Leicester City's key man Jamie Vardy. While Vardy has scored just one goal this season, it could be all the motivation he needs to score more. Leicester may play around James Maddison, but Vardy has a poaching ability that can truly wreak havoc if he stays unmarked or unwatched. If the Magpies keep Jamie Vardy from scoring, they just might get something out of this game.
As far as injuries are concerned, the Foxes have no real issues apart from Ben Chilwell who has missed their last two games. It is also likely that Chilwell will miss this important matchup, especially if he isn't in top condition.
Leicester City have, however, had a better start to the season than the Magpies. Granted, two draws and a small win against Sheffield United isn't all that good, but they faced two strong teams and didn't lose. Wolverhampton Wanderers have grown stronger in recent seasons, and while the Leicester couldn't score, they certainly kept the Wolves at bay. The Foxes faced a sterner challenge facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where they fought to equalize and take a point home.
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