Leicester City v Newcastle United EPL Match Preview
Leicester City will still be top of the Premier League when they kick-off against Newcastle United on Monday evening, but with a new man at the helm for the visitors, the wily old Foxes need to beware of facing a wounded animal.
WATFORD WIN HAS THE PUNTERS CASHING IN
After last weekend’s 1-0 win away to Watford, Leicester City moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League. It was also a win that signalled some big pay outs on the betting exchanges as punters who had taken a price of 5001.00 at the start of the season, cashed out their bets with one lucky person scooping £72,000. In this most unpredictable of season’s, Claudio Ranieri’s men are just nine games away from doing what many thought would be impossible in the modern era; to take the title away from English football’s traditional powerhouses. But the Italian tactician is mindful that there is still a lot of work to do and the visit of relegation threatened Newcastle United, may have just come at the most awkward of times.
NEW MAN, NEW HOPE FOR NEWCASTLE UNITED
Rafael Benitez is the new manager of Newcastle United. He replaces Steve McClaren in the hot seat at St James’ Park with the club second from bottom of the Premier League. With the lucrative new TV deal starting next season, this year more than any other, is not the time to lose your top-flight status. Of course, the 55-year-old former Real Madrid coach said all the right things at his unveiling on Friday, but now the hard work really starts for the two-time Champions League winner. The Magpies have lost their way, losing five of their last six league games and last weekend’s 3-1 capitulation in front of their own fans, was a new low in this season full to the brim with them. After signing a three-year deal at the club, the next two months for Benitez will be critical in shaping the foreseeable future of this North-East giant.
Ranieri has the luxury of selecting from an almost fully-fit squad ahead of Monday, the only exception being Matthew James, who remains side-lined.
Benitez will now discover the full extent of the Newcastle United injury crisis, with 10 first-team players unavailable and Andros Townsend and Cheick Tioté both doubtful. It’s likely that Aleksandar Mitrovic will once again be deployed as the lone striker. Punters who fancy him to score the first goal of the new managers reign, will get odds of *10.00 on the best football betting sites.
HEAD TO HEAD
In their last 10 league meetings Newcastle have the upper hand, winning four to Leicester’s three. The corresponding fixture last season was won handsomely by the Foxes and Ranieri’s team also won the first meeting between the two back in November.
Leicester City 1.57 Draw 4.33 Newcastle United 6.25
*odds courtesy of Bet365
By: Steve Mitchell