Leicester City can move back to third place when they play Newcastle United in the Premier League at King Power Stadium, on Sunday night.
No disrespect to Claude Puel, but the 2016 English champions are playing a totally different football under Brendan Rodgers. The players look happy and there is a belief within the squad that sky is the limit this season.
The tally of 11 points from the first six games is the best for the Foxes since their title-winning 2015-16 camapign. Winning the coveted title again will be difficult but it shows that Rodgers’ team is a genuine threat for the Champions League spots.
While for Newcastle United, it seems that the season will be long and arduous. As things stand, the Toons are 2nd from bottom on the points table. But a win in this game will take them out of the relegation zone.
The Premier League match will be played between Leicester City and Newcastle United at King Power Stadium, in Leicester, England. The ground has a capacity of 32,312.
The game will start at 09:00 PM (IST), on Sunday, September 29.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Leicester City – W W W L W W
Newcastle United – L W L D L D
Leicester City Team News:
Hero from Spurs’ game, James Maddison could miss the game:
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers said he James Maddison is a huge doubt for the home clash against Newcastle United. The former Norwich City star has some issue is in his ankle and will be assessed before the game.
No fresh injury concerns!
Rodgers has no other fresh injuries to fret about ahead of this game other than Maddison’s situation. But Daniel Amartey and Matty James remain long-term injury absentees. The duo is yet to feature for the team this season.
If Maddison fails to shake off the knock, Rodgers could tweak his system a little bit or he could name Dennis Praet in a like-for-like replacement.
Another option is to move Ayoze Perez more centrally with Demarai Gray starting on the right-wing. Another option is Harvey Barnes, but either he or Gray starts here.
Leicester City Probable XI:
Kaspar Schmeichel (GK), Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, Ben Chilwell, Wilfried Ndidi, Ayoze Perez, Youri Tielemans, Dennis Praet, Harvey Barnes, James Vardy
Newcastle United FC Team News:
The visitors will miss the services of both Florian Lejeune and Dwight Gayle. Both the players are recovering from long-term injuries.
Steve Bruce has positive news about his squad:
Steve Bruce confirmed in the pre-match press-conference that injury doubts Allan Saint-Maximin, Andy Carroll and Sean Longstaff have all been declared fit by the Newcastle medical staff and will be available for selection.
In addition, DeAndre Yedlin returned to the training this week after five months out following groin surgery. Bruce has included the 26-year-old American in his matchday squad.
Newcastle United Probable XI:
Dubravka (GK), Javier Manquillo, Fabian Schar, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett, Willems, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Christian Atsu, Miguel Almiron, Joelinton
Likely to score:
Captain and vice-captain options:
Jamie Vardy: No player in the Premier League has his hands in more goals since Brendan Rodgers took over King Power Stadium than Jamie Vardy. The 32-year-old is Leicester’s best bet on any given day to score the gaols.
Current season stats:
Joelinton: Scored the winner at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and that remains his only goal and Newcastle United’s only win of the season. More is expected from the young Brazilian who cost Steve Bruce a club-record £40m deal this summer.
Last season with Hoffenheim:
Youri Tielemans: The former Monaco midfielder is one of the most consistent and impactful players for Leicester City. More often than not, he controls the midfield for the FIxes.
Strength and Attributes:
Ayoze Perez: He will be up against his former club for this first time and this very fact will give him extra spring in his legs.
LEI vs NEW Dream11 potential winner:
With or without James Maddison, Leicester will start the game as favorites.