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Newcastle United vs Leicester City betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Newcastle United vs Leicester City match preview

Will this be the night Newcastle United secure Champions League qualification?

On Thursday, the Magpies swatted aside fellow-Europe chasers Brighton, prevailing 4-1 on Tyneside.

An own goal followed by a towering Dan Burn header had Newcastle two up by half time, only for Brighton to half the deficit just after the interval.

Nevertheless, goals in stoppage time from Callum Wilson and then Bruno Guimarães secured a vital victory for the Toon Army.

So, ahead of a trip to Chelsea on the final day, Eddie Howe’s team know just a point from either of their last two matches will rubber stamp Newcastle’s Champions League return.

The Magpies last featured in UEFA’s premier club competition two decades ago, with their most-recent match in Europe coming ten years ago, ousted by Benfica in the Europa League.

Leicester City themselves were beaten in a European semi-final just 12 months ago, with their 1-0 defeat in Rome happened a mere 382 days ago.

Now, after a catastrophic campaign, this could be the night the Foxes are relegated to the Championship.

This’ll be a fourth consecutive Monday fixture for Dean Smith’s side, smashed 3-0 by Liverpool on a bleak night at the King Power a week ago.

This means Leicester have accumulated just six points from the last 42 available, winning only once since 11 February.

They do host West Ham on the final day but, given that their current points total is a measly 30, defeat in the North East could all bit end the Foxes’ nine-year stay in the top division.

Newcastle have won their last three meetings with Leicester, targeting four consecutive victories in this fixture for the first time since 1992.

Backed by a raucous support at St James’ Park, a home win seems an inevitability.

Newcastle United team news

Eddie Howe could name an unchanged line-up from the win over Brighton, featuring the in-form Callum Wilson and Alexander Isak up front together again.

Miguel Almirón has completed the front three in each of their last two matches, chosen over Allan Saint-Maximin and Anthony Gordon, while Jacob Murphy is injured.

Dan Burn scored just his second goal for Newcastle on Thursday, the other coming in a Carabao Cup victory over Leicester in January.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Schär, Botman, Burn; Willock, Joelinton, Guimarães; Almirón, Isak, Wilson.

Leicester City team news

Jonny Evans started at centre-back against Liverpool, displacing Çağlar Söyüncü, with this the Northern Irishman’s first start since 8 November.

Up front, Jamie Vardy will be hoping to add to his six career goals against Newcastle, keeping his place as Kelechi Ịheanachọ is injured.

Predicted XI (4-5-1): Iversen; Ricardo, Faes, Evans, Castagne; Ndidi, Soumaré, Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes; Vardy.

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Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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