Leicester v Newcastle Betting Tips: Foxes aim to bounce back
Leicester can take another big step towards Champions League qualification when they host Newcastle on Friday night.
The Foxes missed a chance to keep Chelsea and West Ham at arm’s length last Friday when they could only draw 1-1 with a Southampton team which had defender Jannik Vestergaard sent off in the 10th minute.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are now five points clear of the fifth-placed Hammers with four games remaining and are 4/9 to win Friday’s game at the King Power, the venue for our Leicester v Newcastle Betting Tips.
Rodgers suggested fatigue may have had something to do with his players’ inability to beat the 10-man Saints but he won’t be able to use that as an excuse this time round with a full week to prepare for the clash with Newcastle, whose four-game unbeaten run ended with a 2-0 defeat by Arsenal on Sunday.
He said: “The guys have given everything. It was the fourth game in 13 days, so maybe that had something to do with it, but no excuse, we have to give credit to Southampton, they made it incredibly difficult.”
Leicester travel to second-placed Manchester United on Wednesday and have the small matter of an FA Cup final against Chelsea three days later, so it’s important they bag three points against a team they have beaten in their last three meetings.
City have conceded in their last two games against Crystal Palace and Saints, like Newcastle in the bottom half of the table, and they posted a 2-1 win against Steve Bruce’s men at the turn of the year.
Leicester to win and both teams to score is available at 21/10 or we go 23/20 on a victory and over 2.5 goals which was the case in the last three games between the two sides.
Only six teams have been drawing at half-time more than Leicester and Newcastle this season and it was all square at the break when they met at St James’ Park.
Newcastle are the only Premier League team yet to be leading after the opening 45 minutes away from home, with nine of their 17 games being level.
Leicester centre-back Jonny Evans headed in the equaliser at St Mary’s but limped off the pitch with a foot injury at the end of the game, a problem he has been managing for a while, so it remains to be seen whether he will be in the starting line-up.
One player who will be absent is Newcastle defender Fabian Schar, who was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli, so a change of shape could be on the cards with Joe Willock available.
Jamie Vardy is having a lean time in front of goal but he scored a double in last season’s 5-0 win against Newcastle and is 6/5 to score anytime or 11/2 to bag at least a brace.
Kelechi Iheanacho has taken goalscoring duties on his shoulders lately and is only three behind Vardy in the Premier League table.
The Nigerian striker is 13/5 to open the scoring while James Maddison is 17/10 to find the net having done so in his last three appearances against the Magpies in all competitions.
Where: King Power Stadium
When: 20:00, Friday 7th May
How to watch: Sky Sports
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication