Leicester City will look to consolidate their hold on a 7th spot in the Premier League when they welcome Newcastle United to the Fox Power Stadium on Friday night.
There is a good chance of European football for the side finishing 7th this season. If Manchester City ends up winning the FA Cup final against Watford in May, their Europa League spot will be given to the seventh-placed side in the table.
Thus, the Foxes under former Liverpool and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will look to keep getting results until the last day and give themselves maximum chances of finishing seventh. However, Wolves are right on their tails with the same number of points (47) and have a game in hand.
Further, Everton are on 46 points in 9th place, having played the same number of games as Leicester. Watford are in 10th level on points with Everton and have a game in hand as well.
Thus, the battle for 7th place is set to be an exciting one as we enter the final matches of the season.
Coming to Newcastle, Rafa Benitez’s side currently sits in 15th place with 35 points, seven points clear of Cardiff in 18th place. The Magpies have woken from their early-season slumber to just about get out of the relegation dogfight and are currently in a safe position.
However, Benitez would prefer his side to be completely safe and hit the magic number of 40 points, which is usually considered as the number of points to be considered safe from relegation. Thus, the visitors will look to get a result at the Fox Power Stadium.
In terms of team news, Rodgers will once again be without long-term absentee Daniel Amartey. However, the gaffer has received a boost with Marc Albrighton, Jonny Evans and Harry Maguire back in training. Jamie Vardy has also been passed fit after a minor problem towards the end of the last game.
For Newcastle, Florian Lejeune joins Sean Longstaff on the sideline as the former suffered a severe knee injury during the previous game against Crystal Palace. Mohamed Diame is also considered a doubt, but Benitez has the rest of the squad to choose from.
Leicester predicted XI: Schmeichel; Ricardo Pereira, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell; Tielemans, Ndidi; Gray, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy
Newcastle predicted XI: Dubravka; Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie; Perez, Hayden, Ki, Almiron, Rondon.
Leicester vs Newcastle Prediction
There is no doubt that Leicester starts as the clear favorites, with four wins in their last four games. Further, Rodgers looks to be a perfect fit for the club and the team looks rejuvenated since the managerial change.
On the other hand, Newcastle have won just once in their last five league games and Benitez needs to lift his troops if the Magpies want to get a result.
The Foxes have won six of their last seven meetings with Newcastle including the reverse fixture this season. Thus, Leicester will look to add three more points to their kitty and hold on to 7th place before their fixtures start to turn towards the end of the season.
Leicester To Win @ 1.75 at Pinnacle Sports
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