Leicester City 8th (11-10-10) vs Newcastle United 12th (9-8-14)
Saturday 10:00 AM ET, Live from the King Power Stadium on NBC Sports Gold
Post Manchester City shellacking, Leicester are undefeated in their last four games in the league. Claude Puel’s Blue Army have scored eight goals and only allowed three. Newcastle themselves are on a two game win streak, but haven’t won an away match since January 1st.
The Magpies turn around really started when they beat Manchester United 1-0 at home as an early Valentine’s day gift for those north of the wall. Since then they’ve only dropped 5 points from 12 and managed two clean sheets along the way.
Newcastle has been goal scoring by committee. Ayoze Perez, Kenedy, and Dwight Gayle have all found themselves on the score sheet earning points for their side. While that’s helped them lately, a lack of a consistent goal scorer has proved to be an issue that left them low in the table early on in the season.
Kasper Schmeichel has had some nightmare performances this season, but he absolutely made up for them against Brighton on Saturday. His 77 minute penalty save on Glenn Murray’s shot spurned them on to an 83rd minute goal from Saffron Lane’s finest, Vicente Iborra. Four minutes later, Wilfred Ndidi was wronged by the official and given his second yellow of the match. That did not deter the Foxes as Jamie Vardy popped up in 90+6 to finish a sweet ball from Demarai Gray.
The Foxes have a real chance to finish the season with a European spot. While it is somewhat out of their hands, depending on Arsenal and Burnley’s results, this squad certainly has something to fight for. Potential England call-ups also benefit Leicester’s top men as they still have to prove a lot going into the last seven games of the season. My prediction is 4-1 to the Foxes.