Leicester City began the resumption of the footballing calendar in winning ways after their Carabao Cup win over MK Dons and their domestic cup run will see them clash with Newcastle United in the quarterfinals, with Boxing day’s tie between the pair at the King Power Stadium serving up a tasty pre-cup warm up as the Premier League returns after the conclusion of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Brendan Rodgers’ men enjoyed a credible improved run of form before the extended international break that saw them post a 4-1-1 record in league play while bagging results against direct bottom-half rivals as they look to push further up the table and put some mileage between them and the bottom three, but face one of the Premier League’s in form sides by way of Newcastle United who won five straight before the winter pause. With a win capable of pushing the Foxes into the top half (contingent on results), the former Premier League winners will hope to get off on the right foot after Christmas.
Predicted Leicester City line-up
Leicester City team news
- James Justin (out indefinitely)
- Ricardo Pereira, and Ryan Bertrand (out)
- Jonny Evans, and Çaglar Söyüncü (doubt)
The Foxes are likely to be without defender James Justin as the English international is on course to miss the rest of the 2022-23 Premier League season due to his Achilles rupture.
Portuguese international Ricarc Pereira and England veteran Ryan Bertrand are also unavailable for Brendan Rodger’s matchday team against Newcastle, while back-four duo Jonny Evans and Çaglar Söyüncü are both doubts for selection.
Leicester should still be able to field a strong XI despite the notable absentees, with the likes of James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, and Youri Tielemans all fit and available for the resumption of play in the Premier League.