Considering the fact that Leicester only just gained promotion to this level several months ago, it’s quite amazing to see that the Foxes are faring so much more successfully than their opponents. They have taken to Premier League football in the ideal way and sit in 12th position, which is in stark contrast to Newcastle who occupy the final bottom three placing.
In fact, Newcastle have been one of the major talking points of the 2014/15 season – for all the wrong reasons. Every week there seems to be a new story of Alan Pardew’s impending departure, although he has lived on to fight another week and will take charge this Saturday. There’s no doubt that the pressure is starting to get to unbearable levels though, which is hardly surprising when you see that the statistic that they haven’t won a league game yet. On a slightly more positive note they’ve only lost one of their last four, and came from behind to claw back a 2-2 draw with high-flying Swansea before the international break. It remains to be seen just how much time Pardew is given by the Newcastle hierarchy if things continue though.
Leicester in contrast have impressed a lot of pundits with their approach to this division and a return of nine points has put them in a comfortable position following the opening seven games. Admittedly, there have been a few blips, with the 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace several weeks ago certainly falling into this category. However, there have also been some proud moments for Foxes fans and a win over Manchester United and a draw with Arsenal has led many to believe that they will easily be able to survive their first year back in the big time.
There were some doubts over several of Newcastle’s players following the international break, with Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat and Paul Dummett all pulling out of their respective commitments. However, the trio have been classed as fit for this tie, although Alan Pardew won’t be able to rely on Sammy Ameobi and Emmanuel Riviere who are both on the treatment table. Leicester on the other hand will leave it late before casting a decision on Riyad Mahrez and Jeffrey Schlupp, with the duo penned in for late fitness tests after representing their countries last week. These are the only worries that Nigel Pearson has to deal with though.
As for a prediction, we get the feeling that Newcastle are going to experience more misery this weekend. Leicester are everything that their opponents are not – they are organised at both attacking and defending. The Magpies might hold the home advantage, but our tip will be a 1-0 victory for the visitors.