After a good run, Newcastle have tailed off recently. They travel to face Leicester side who are absolutely flying and fighting to become the best of the rest in The Premier League.
The return of Rodgers
Much to the dismay and fury of Celtic supporters, Brendan Rodgers left the Scottish champions to return to Premier League management after Claude Puel was axed from his position as the foxes number one. The former Liverpool manager suffered defeat in his opening game away at Watford when Andre Gray netted a 92nd minute winner for the Hornets. But since that opening game, Leicester have been superb, winning four games on the bounce and scoring 11 goals in the process. This puts them right up towards the top of the form table, with the defeat at Watford being their only blemish in their last six outings.
This run of form sees them as firm favourites against Newcastle at a price of 1.67.
Whereas The Foxes have won their last four; Newcastle have got themselves just one victory. A thrilling 3-2 win at home to Everton back on the 9th of March was their last win, since then they’ve fallen to defeat against Arsenal and Crystal Palace as well as sharing the spoils at Bournemouth. The 1-0 defeat to The Eagles last week was a real disappointment and The Toon will be desperate to bounce back, they’re out at 5.0 for a win. Most likely as a result of their away form this campaign. They’ve taken just 13 points from 16 games on the road and have only mustered up two wins, along with a measly 12 goals.
Goals look likely
Leicester have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 games in all competitions and seven of their last eight fixtures have seen over 2.5 goals. A selection you can back at a price of 1.85. They’ve definitely rediscovered their scoring touch under Rodger’s jurisdiction but he’s been unable to stop them conceding goals and I’d be certain his first port of call come the summer transfer window will be some fresh faces at the back.
Newcastle have managed to score 10 in their last eight Premier League games and nerves have been eased over a potential relegation, but their fight is far from over. They’re seven points clear of the relegation zone which looks relatively comfortable, but stranger things have happened in this league. I think Newcastle will be keen to get on the front foot here and force a result and with Leicester’s poor defensive record you’ve got to look at both teams to score as good value at 1.87.
It still matters for both
As mentioned, Newcastle will want to extend the gap between them and the drop zone. A win here could effectively guarantee them their top flight status. Benitez will set up his side to be tough to beat as they always are, but he’ll be eyeing at least a point from this fixture and if they can stay regimented at the back they have a real chance. They may have just two wins away from home but they have managed seven draws. You can back them to win or draw at 2.1 if you fancy a bit of an outside pick.
Leicester are toe to toe with Wolves for what I’ve been calling ‘the best of the rest spot’. 7th in The Premier League, the first position outside the so called ‘big six’. And with the change in management, all the players are at a real peak of motivation and are keen to impress their new manager who’ll be planning a lot of movement in the summer.
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.85
Both teams to score @ 1.85
Leicester to win and both teams to score @ 3.6