Newcastle vs Leicester Prediction & Analysis
Last year, Newcastle was bought by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund.
And there was hope that the club could soon fight for trophies .
Less than a year later and the Magpies face Leicester in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
So there is now a trophy just three games away from them.
In fact, it's no surprise at all that the Eddie Howe-led line-up is here.
Against the background of the wonderful performance he showed in the English football championship. Where they are currently in 3rd position.
And under a certain set of circumstances, they could even intervene in the battle for the title.
But Newcastle suffered a somewhat surprising exit from the FA Cup at the weekend.
After a 1-2 loss at the visit of third-tier Sheffield Wednesday.
Leicester, meanwhile, progressed to the FA Cup after beating Gillingham.
And with it, the series of 3 losses in a row in the Premier League was put to an end.
Now, though, I don't see how the Foxes will eat the Magpies.
On Boxing Day , Newcastle won 3-0 away against today's opponent .
He will probably win again today, but that win will come in the second half.
This is also my prediction for the match.
Newcastle - statistics and info
The League Cup may not be as prestigious as the FA Cup, but it is still one of England's premier competitions.
This year, some big clubs, such as the two from Manchester, are still involved. Which proves its importance.
Neither Newcastle nor Leicester have won this cup before.
So both sets of supporters will be happy to see their team lift the trophy in 2023.
This is not a Premier League game. But it's hard not to look at the table when reviewing this matchup.
Newcastle are third in the Premier League , just four points behind second-placed Manchester City.
While also having the best defensive record in the league – only 11 goals conceded in 18 games.
The most impressive thing about Newcastle's improvement this season is that they haven't spent big.
And we know what wealth their new owners have.
But they have been smart with their money by not bringing in flashy big names or players past their prime.
Instead, the Magpies signed a mix of young talent and players with Premier League experience.
These players combined with the coaching of Eddie Howe took this team to another level.
And Eddie Howe himself certainly deserves the title of manager of the year .
Leicester - statistics and info
While Newcastle feel like a team on an upward curve, Leicester are at the exact opposite end.
A team that has already given its best . And it desperately needs a rebuild and a reboot.
Leicester's squad is still made up of some remnants of the team that won the title when Claudio Ranieri was in charge.
The Foxes will really miss the injured James Maddison in this away game.
The Englishman is the heart of the team and their main playmaker.
Without his ability to link play and create chances, it's hard to see Leicester scoring.
Especially against this talented and determined Magpies defensive line .
Leicester are 10 places below Newcastle in the Premier League, where they are currently 13th in the table.
And it is only two points ahead of the relegation places .
All in all, Leicester look like a team that could be in serious trouble this season.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Pope; Manquillo, Lascelles, Bothman, Lewis; Almiron, Guimarães, Longstaff; Ritchie, Murphy, Wood
Injured: Shelvey, Saint-Maximin
Lineup: Ward; Castane, Amartey, Soyuncu, Thomas; Ndidi, Tielemans, Albrighton, Perez; Iheanacho, Dhaka
Injured: Maddison, Praet
Matches between Newcastle and Leicester
|Leicester 0:3 Newcastle
|Newcastle 2:1 Leicester
|Leicester 4:0 Newcastle
|Leicester 2:4 Newcastle
|Newcastle 1:2 Leicester
|Newcastle 0:3 Leicester