Steve Bruce has urged his players to carry the momentum gained from a wonderful 0-1 win away at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to the League Cup when his side play host to Leicester City in the 2nd round.
Bruce came under a lot of criticism from fans and pundits alike for the way his team played in the first two games in the Premier League, lacking energy and penetration on the field.
But the former Sunderland manager was quick to point out in his post-match press conference that it was harsh to judge his team from the two defeats, and that everybody seems to be lacking patience these days.
Leicester City, meanwhile, have made more than a decent start to their 2019-20 Premier League campaign. They recorded a 1-2 win at Sheffield United on Sunday, and remain one of the only four teams this season not to lose a game in the league.
The Cup competitions allow relatively easy passage to Europe for the teams outside of the big-six. From what both the managers alluded in their respective press conferences, we could see Bruce and Rodgers naming a strong XI for this particular game.
The European Cup match will be played between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James' Park, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The ground has a capacity of 52,405.
The game will start at 12:15 AM (IST), on Thursday, August 29.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Newcastle United – L W W L L W
Leicester City – W D W D D W
Newcastle United Team News:
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Newcastle United Probable XI:
Darlow (GK), Willems, Dummett, Fernandez, Schar, Krafth, Hayden, Sung-yueng, Shelvey, Almiron, Muto
Leicester City FC Team News:
Possible ins or outs of this game:
Leicester City Probable XI:
Ward (GK), Justin, Evans, Morgan, Fuchs, Praet, Choudhury, Tielemans, Barnes, Maddison, Vardy
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Yoshinori Muto: The Japanese international has featured from the bench in the opening two league games and is in line to change it here.
The 27-year-old is more than just a back-up to Joelinton, is talented enough to make his own spot in this team.
Demarai Gray: He is incredibly talented, but his progress has been static in the last year or so, for some reasons unknown. But with Brendan Rodgers at the helm now, the 23-year-old may feel could regain his lost touch. Regardless, Gray is definitely a danger on any given day.
James Maddison: It's been some time that we saw a natural and a technically gifted player in England's midfield. The 22-year-old's stock is rising with every game with bigger clubs circling around Leicester for his signature. If he plays, he can be the difference here.
LEI vs NEW Dream11 potential winner:
It's a one-off game. Newcastle will have the home support, while Leicester have a talented roster. It's a tough call, but the visitors may just edge this game out here.