Our live stream ahead of Sundays Premier League match, Newcastle United vs Leicester City is now up, kicking off at 14.15 GMT
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, lineups, predictions and much more…
Since Newcastle’s scrappy 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on December 12, they have only recorded two points from their last four top-flight fixtures, whilst sitting 15th in the Premier League table.
With the defeat at Brentford in the EFL Cup quarter-finals added into the equation, Steve Bruce finds himself under pressure to keep his job at St James’ Park.
However, the defensive performance during the goalless draw with leaders Liverpool earlier this week highlighted why Bruce is unlikely to be replaced in the dugout in the near future.
While the club’s hierarchy would prefer to be sitting higher in the standings, holding an eight-point cushion above the relegation zone will be considered acceptable given the recent issues with positive coronavirus cases.
Leicester come into the game on Sunday afternoon looking to extend their unbeaten record in the Premier League to four matches.
After his side only recorded a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace earlier this week, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers inevitably received some criticism for his team selection.
However, the Northern Irishman was content with his decision to rotate his squad during a demanding schedule, something which he has been required to do through the club’s Europa League campaign.
On another day, the Foxes would have coasted to victory at Selhurst Park, but the East Midlands side still sit in third position despite squandering several opportunities against the Eagles.
The two clubs last met on new years day of 2020, with Leicester City winning 3-0 away at St James’ Park…
“It is notoriously difficult and especially with Covid and all that goes with it, and loss of income.”
“There are one or two things.”
“We’re looking at the loan market bubbling there, whether they come to any fruition we will just have to see in the next week or so.”
“But if there’s anybody actively who can help us of course (we’ll act). Last year we brought in three loan players if you remember and that helped us towards the end of the season.”
“Last year we brought in three loan players if you remember and that helped us towards the end of the season.”
“But it is never easy getting a loan player, the reason you are getting them on loan is usually because they aren’t playing, have had a fall out or are recovering from injury or whatever.”
“We will see what we can do and see if we can improve the squad.”
Clark new deal?
“He is a very good player and I know discussions are ongoing with his agent and I hope in January we can tie him up.”
“We’d like to keep him at the club. I think he deserves that and he has played very well for me.”
On covid outbreak…
“The protocols that have been put in place by the Premier League have worked fantastically well and everybody has tried to adhere to it the best they can.”
“I am witness to it, this thing can quickly grab a hold of any environment the way it did with us.”
“We’d been going along very nicely month after month after month then all of a sudden we have one or two, then two became 12 and 12 became 18 in a short period of time”
DeAndre Yedlin set to stay
“I’ve been absolutely delighted with him. He’s come in from the cold with the problems Manquillo’s got and Krafth had and he’s grasped the opportunity.”
“If you train well and work hard then an opportunity will come your way.”
Bruce delighted with response…
“Yes we’ve had a good result [against Liverpool] which gives a bit of confidence to everybody but I think it was the manner of it after disappointing so many a couple of weeks ago. I’m looking for more of the same.”
More forward thinking ahead?
“We’ve set a certain standard and the thing that pleased me most is that we were higher up the pitch.”
“We’ve sat too deep in previous games which we’ve tried to address. Slowly but surely we’re getting the ideas across of what we’re looking for.”
What City can achieve this term...
“Our targets won’t change. For me, I’m always honest with you guys (the media) and let you know what we’re thinking.”
“Our thinking is if that we can have European football again next season, then, at this stage of the team’s development, then that would be great success for us.”
“With all due respect, the teams that are above us – Man City, Liverpool – these teams are fantastic teams full of experienced players that have been building for a number of years.”
“We’re not at that level – that’s my honest assessment of it – but we’re building something to be as competitive as we possibly can be without the finances that allows those teams to get to that level.”
Consistency is key…
“We’ll continue on that journey. Our ambition is there, the spirit is there and the players, there’s a continual development.”
“For us to be in that position another year down the line shows that consistency now that is starting to improve.”
“That’s something that pleases me, but of course my ambition is always to be the best that we can be.”
“From what I’ve seen of Steve [Bruce], he’s looked to organise them in a way that doesn’t expose them. There are times, even when Rafa [Benítez] was there, they conceded goals.”
“There’s a huge expectation at Newcastle, it’s a huge club and it’s another one of those clubs where you have to win, but you have to win in a certain way. I think that’s always important in terms of their expectation.”
“I think how Steve’s managed it, in the time he’s been there, it’s never going to be an easy job, but he’s gone in and I’m pretty sure where they are in the table, and their points, it’s as good as what they’ve had in the last few years at this stage.”
“This is a guy who’s played in teams who’ve played good football, so he will always want to go down that route, but he also knows that winning is important and staying in the league is important.”
“The longer he’s there, I’m sure he will gradually build the team and get the types of players in that he would like to.”
Newcastle United Premier League form: WWLDLD
Leicester City Premier League form: WWLWDD
Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Darlow; Yedlin, Fernandez, Schar, Clark, Ritchie; Murphy, Shelvey, Longstaff, Joelinton; Wilson
Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel; Justin, Evans, Fuchs; Albrighton, Ndidi, Tielemans, Castagne; Barnes, Perez; Vardy
Jamie Vardy Anytime Scorer – 8/11 with FanTeam
The evergreen Foxes’ frontman was rested for Leicester’s draw with Crystal Palace but will be back in the starting XI for their trip to Newcastle. Vardy has already hit double figures in the league this season and shows little sign of slowing down.
Newcastle can prove stubborn opponents as they showed against Liverpool but they will allow opportunities for Leicester. With penalties to boot, Vardy has a strong chance of getting on the scoresheet.
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