Friday 12 April: 8pm KO
Live on Sky Sports
It’s not been an easy season for Leicester City both on and off the field. That Premier League title win feels like an age ago but the season could yet have a happy ending. A revival in form has seen them move up to seventh in the league and that could get them into the Europa League next season. They look for three points against a Newcastle United team that are still not quite safe from relegation and have a poor away record.
Leicester City supporters may find themselves cheering on Manchester City soon. If the Foxes can finish seventh in the Premier League, then that will qualify them for the Europa League if City can beat Watford in the FA Cup final next month.
They currently fill that seventh position ahead of Wolverhampton Wanderers on goal difference. However, after this game against Newcastle United, they will have played two games more than their Midlands rivals. A bet on Leicester finishing seventh is 6/1 (7.0) at BetVictor.
City have showed improved form since sacking Claude Puel and replacing him with Brendan Rodgers. Leicester’s most recent game was away at relegated Huddersfield Town and they came home with a 4-1 win. That makes it four league wins in a row and 11 goals scored.
Home form has seen Leicester win their last three Premier League games, a distinct improvement on the four losses that preceded this return to form. You can get odds of 7/10 (1.7) at William Hill on them winning this game on Friday evening.
Newcastle United are another club that have had their fair share of problems both on and off the field this season. Mike Ashley still hasn’t been able to sell the club but at least he did give Rafael Benitez some cash to spend in January and not a free gift token to spend in the House of Fraser.
United start this game in 15th place in the Premier League and seven points clear of the relegation zone. After this game they will have played two more games than Cardiff City. With the Welsh club having lost five of their last six games and still to play Liverpool and Manchester United, probably one more win will see United safe. There are odds of 50/1 (51.0) at Bet365 on Newcastle being relegated this season.
Newcastle United have failed to score in their last two league games. Their winning run at home ended at the weekend as they lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace. The previous five had been won at home and that’s what has got United out of the bottom three.
It’s certainly not their away form because they have just two points from their last eight on the road. Their last win was at Huddersfield Town and it’s 4/1 (5.0) at Paddy Power that they can win at Leicester.
Leicester City have won six of their last seven games against Newcastle United. Only one of their last eight home games played against United have been lost but there have been four draws. Betfair will give you 15/4 (4.75) on this game finishing level.
City will be without Marc Albrighton and Daniel Amartey and have fitness doubts over Jonny Evans. Newcastle will be missing Sean Longstaff and Florian Lejeune.
Is This the Night for Almiron?
The last transfer window saw Newcastle spend £20m on Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United. He’s made eight appearances since joining the club and is yet to score a goal. Will Friday be the night he scores his first goal for the club? He’s 5/1 (6.0) at Ladbrokes to score in this match.
Vardy Back in Form
In the dying days of the reign of Claude Puel, there was talk of Jamie Vardy leaving the club. He was getting used to sitting on the bench far too often but that’s changed in recent weeks. Vardy has scored seven times in the last six league games. The former England international is 3/1 (4.0) at Unibet to score the first goal in this match and 5/6 (1.83) to score anytime.
Leicester City are in good form now and another home win looks likely here. Their opponents are nearly safe but just can’t get away wins. A bet on Leicester City to win and over 1.5 goals in the match is 11/10 (2.1) at Betfred.