Leicester City will be hoping to return to winning ways in their battle for Premier League survival as they face Newcastle United, for whom maximum points would upset the form book.
The Foxes are making a habit of starting quickly at home, and even leaders Chelsea were not paid a great deal of respect when they visited on Wednesday. A high-energy first half performance led to a stoppage time goal, only to be outclassed in the second period and give a couple of avoidable goals away.
However, whether they stay up or not is completely in their own hands, with this being the first of three games still to play at the King Power Stadium. What’s more, two of their remaining fixtures are against sides below them, and recent outings suggest that Newcastle must improve radically to match the desire of Nigel Pearson’s men.
The sense of disillusionment at the North East club is ever increasing, with anger directed towards owner Mike Ashley not helped by results on the pitch, which have now seen them lose seven games in a row for only the second time in their top-flight history.
In fairness, there were some positive signs on display in the defeat to Swansea City in their last game, as they looked more dangerous in attacking areas and took the lead through the beleaguered Ayoze Perez. Lose this one, and the alarm bells will most definitely be ringing and they could face a late scramble for points to stay up.
David Nugent will be out for at least another week for Leicester, who will assess Robert Huth and Andy King, who picked up knocks against Chelsea.
For Newcastle, striker Papiss Cisse finally completes his seven-match ban, with Massadio Haidara, Rolando Aarons and Steven Taylor missing out through injury.
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