Newcastle V Leicester: injuries, preview and expected XI

Leicester City

LED screen displays the scoreline as 4-0 during a match between Leicester City and Newcastle United (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Leicester City travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League. Here is Foxes of Leicester’s preview, predicted line-up and injury update.

Having beaten Newcastle 4-0 in the home fixture at the King Power Stadium in December, the Foxes will hope to add to their good run of form by gaining another three points against the Magpies. Victory for City will edge them closer to eighth place Wolverhampton Wanderers who have a total of 49.

A win will also allow the East Midlands outfit to close in on Manchester United on 51 points in seventh place. With eight games left to go, Leicester can still catch up with those in 6th and 7th. If the King Power side were to be triumphant in all their remaining games, they would attain 67 points.

At the opposite end of the table, NUFC look to be safe from relegation after a worrying few months for fans seeing their team looming in the relegation zone. The Toon are on 34 points; which is 10 away from the relegation zone. However, they do have Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal left to play, with all three of the games, scarily, being played consecutively.

Leicester City injury update

There are currently no new injuries – finally, it’s about time! With any luck, we might see Jamie Vardy return soon after he’s complained of a pain in his knee when he kicks the ball. The 35-year-old is confident he will be fit enough to play again before the season is over, thankfully for the Blue Army.

Predicted XI

After playing in Eindhoven on Thursday night, I reckon we will see a similar team to the one that started against Crystal Palace on Filbert Way last Sunday. Due to this, my predicted XI is as follows:

Kasper Schmeichel (GK), Luke Thomas (LB), Daniel Amartey (CB), Caglar Soyuncu (CB), James Justin (RB), Ademola Lookman (LW), Youri Tielemans (CM), Nampalys Mendy (DM), Ayoze Perez (RW) James Maddison (CM), Kelechi Iheanacho (ST)

I have almost chosen the same personnel as last weekend’s game against Palace, but have swapped Patson Daka for Kelechi Iheanacho. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is replaced by Perez because it’s about time the Shepshed-boy had a rest.