Sunday 29 September: 4.30pm KO
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Leicester City haven’t quite recaptured those glory days of a few years ago, but they are a club on the up. After the trauma of losing their owner last season, they are back in the top of the Premier League. They host Newcastle United who have a long way to go to recreate past glories. However, United will remember just what they did to City last season at the King Power stadium.
Leicester City start the weekend in third place in the Premier League. They have only one defeat in their six league matches played this season. There’s little talk of a title challenge though as they already trail Liverpool by seven points. City do play them next week though, so the odds of 300/1 (301.0) at Paddy Power could shorten with a win at Anfield.
More realistic is the possibility of finishing in the top four. You can get odds of 5/1 (6.0) on that if placing your bet at William Hill. It’s a tight table at present apart from the top two and there could well be a fair few teams challenging for two places in the top four.
City have shown a great deal of improvement since the arrival of Brendan Rodgers. They had a good end to last season and just missed out on a Europa League place. City invested well in the summer and the sale of Harry Maguire hasn’t seemed to affect them at all.
Only one of their last nine home league games has ended in defeat, more about that later. They have won six of those nine matches. A trip to Unibet will see you finding odds of 8/15 (1.52) on Leicester winning this game and staying in the top three for another weekend.
Newcastle United are down in 17th place in the table as the weekend starts. It’s possible by the time this match begins they will be in the relegation zone. The odds on them going down this season are 5/4 (2.25) at BetVictor.
Six league games have only produced one win so far. That was a real shocker as they went to Tottenham and came away with all three points. Three of their other five league games have ended in defeat with losses to Arsenal, Liverpool and Norwich City. Not the easiest of fixture lists but they also failed to beat both Watford and Brighton and Hove Albion at home. Perhaps this might be the weekend they get their second win. If you think that’s the case why not pop over to Betbull to see their latest updates.
Newcastle United have only scored four league goals this season. They are yet to score twice in a game and their big signing Joelinton has scored just once. Newcastle are still waiting for last season’s expensive purchase Miguel Almiron to break his duck. He’s 13/2 (7.5) at Coral to finally get a goal this weekend.
The two clubs met earlier this season in the Carabao Cup. Leicester went to Newcastle, drew the game 1-1 and won on penalties. The last league meeting was in April of this year when Newcastle won 1-0 at Leicester. That’ was their second away win in a row against City. The odds on them winning this game are 13/2 (7.5) at Betfair.
James Maddison is a possible absentee for Leicester after picking up an ankle injury in last weekend’s win over Tottenham. Andy Carroll is fit for Newcastle (probably best to make the most of it) with Allan Saint-Maximin and Sean Longstaff also passed fit.in the squad after five months out following groin surgery.
Leicester have impressed this season and a challenge for a top four finish is likely. They look a good cup team too and can be backed at 9/1 (10.0) at Unibet to win the Carabao Cup. As for this game, Leicester are in much better form than their opponents. Back City to win with over 1.5 goals in the game, that has odds of 5/6 (1.83) at Paddy Power.