By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 28th September 2018
Newcastle will host Leicester City at St James Park this Saturday as part of the 3pm scheduled kick-offs. The Foxes are building on last week’s victory against Huddersfield, whilst Newcastle are looking for a win to break their recent losing streak.
Newcastle vs Leicester: Odds and predictions
Rafa Benitez’s side have gone seven games without a victory so far in 2018/19, yet they’ve been tipped 6/4 to register their first three points at the expense of the visitors. Leicester are 19/10 to record their third successive win at St James’ Park, while the draw is priced up as a 23/10 pick.
Given how short the home win odds are, this Newcastle vs Leicester predictions game is going to be an absorbing exercise in finding ways to oppose the Tynesiders, despite this being arguably their best chance of a victory all season.
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Newcastle vs Leicester match bets: Predictions, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Draw, trading @ 23/10
Newcastle are due a change of fortunes, after a bleak start to the campaign that has seen them enter relegation predictions, but surely misrepresents their overall place in the Premier League pecking order.
Their home losses, a trio of 2-1 reverses, have come against Spurs, Chelsea, and Arsenal, while Manchester City inflicted their only other league defeat so far.
Another 2-1 loss to Jamie Vardy and friends is a 10/1 pick that we’d rather ignore, after tipping the Magpies to leave their early-season form behind against Crystal Palace last week.
They can record another favourable result against moderate opposition in the Foxes, but the same concerns voiced in that Palace preview, namely the ineffectiveness of Joselu, Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez, limit the scope of our Newcastle vs Leicester predictions.
Leicester have won just three of their last 13 Premier League away games, meaning they too are unreliable for win purposes, and the draw is our first betting tip.
This season, Newcastle matches tend to follow one of two formulas. Either they manage to notch a consolation goal in a teams to score defeat (five) or nobody scores.
Option 1 tends to occur against the occupants of last season’s top six, while the latter has been the script when fellow relegation-odds shorties are in the crosshairs.
For the purposes of our Newcastle vs Leicester predictions, the Foxes have a strike force to rival the former and the defensive shortcomings of the latter.
Both the sides’ meetings last term produced at least three goals, as have five of Leicester’s six league games.
Predicted scorer: Jamaal Lascelles to score last @ 18/1
Newcastle defenders have been doing their level best to make up for their attacking colleagues’ shortcomings of late with DeAndre Yedlin and Ciaran Clark bagging their past two league goals.
Only one of their midfielders, Matt Ritchie, netted as many goals as Jamaal Lascelles last term and tipping the centre-half to net last at 18/1 is our favourite among our Newcastle vs Leicester predictions for goalscorers.
The Magpies have netted in the 83rd minute or later in each of their last two matches at St James’ Park, while the Foxes have shipped after the 80th in two of their three league away games this term.
For the King Power outfit, James Maddison is not only the chief avenue for opportunities, with more key passes per game than anyone else in a blue shirt so far, but their leading scorer too. He can be backed to net first as a 13/2 selection as he seeks his third goal in as many top-flight games.
Newcastle v Leicester stats: Opta
- Since the start of last season, no team has lost more home Premier League games than Newcastle (10, level with Huddersfield and Swansea).
- Only Huddersfield (8) have conceded more first-half goals in the Premier League this season than Leicester (7). However, only Southampton and Wolves (1 each) have scored fewer in the opening 45 minutes than Newcastle (2).
- Since the start of 2017/18, Leicester have both scored and conceded in a league-high 29 different Premier League games.