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Leicester City vs Newcastle United 05/07/2021 Picks, Match Predictions and Preview
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Leicester City vs Newcastle United – Leicester City and Newcastle United clash in an English Premier League fixture on Friday, May 7 at the Foxes’ pitch – the King Power Stadium. Gametime will start at 3:00 PM ET with NBCSN covering the match live on TV for US-based audiences. Sky Sports, on the other hand, will feature the showdown for UK audiences. The live stream is available via SofaScore. The Foxes seek to maintain their firm grip on the third spot and possibly catch up on second-running Manchester United. While for The Magpies, they look to move up off the Top 15 to avoid a logjam at the bottom. The top soccer bookmaker 2021 favor Leicester City to win the match and cover the spread as they have more offensive firepower compared to their foes.
Leicester City vs Newcastle United 05/07/2021
After opening the month of April with two consecutive losses against Manchester City and West Ham United to fall behind Manchester United in the battle for second place, Leicester City (19-5-9, 62 points) came back solidly in the next two, winning comfortably over West Bromwich Albion, 3-0, and coming from behind to defeat Crystal Palace, 2-1. The wins put them four points ahead of fourth-running Chelsea and seven ahead of West Ham United. In their previous outing against Crystal Palace, Kelechi Iheanacho scored the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute. This was to hand the Foxes the victory after allowing Palace to score the first goal.
It was Iheanacho’s fourth goal in three English Premier League appearances for Leicester City. He proves to be another goal-scoring threat in Jamie Vardy. Leicester City has won the last three games against Newcastle United, including a 5-0 drubbing in September 2019. The Foxes will count on first-choice goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel between the pipes for this game. The Danish keeper has 48 saves in 33 appearances this season.
Players to Watch: Jamie Vardy (13 goals, 8 assists); Kelechi Iheanacho (10 goals, 1 assist); Harvey Barnes (9 goals, 4 assists); James Maddison (8 goals, 5 assists); Youri Tielemans (6 goals, 3 assists).
Currently in 16th place, Newcastle United (9-9-15, 36 points) are virtually safe from relegation. It is thanks to their four-game unbeaten run in April. They had a victory against fifth-running West Ham United and draws against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur during that streak. Joseph Willock emerged as the hero in this amazing run, registering three goals in four matches. Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka was also brilliant between the pipes and he is expected to carry the defensive load again for the Magpies. In their last game against Liverpool, Newcastle United banked on Willock as he scored the equalizer five minutes into added time to derail the Reds’ hopes of rising to the top four. Callum Wilson is expected to lead the team in offense with 10 goals and five assists. He will be ably supported by Willock and Allan Saint-Maximin.
Players to Watch: Callum Wilson (10 goals, 5 assists); Miguel Almiron (4 goals, 1 assist); Joseph Willock (4 goals); Joelinton (3 goals, 2 assists); Allan Saint-Maximin (3 goals, 4 assists).
Leicester City vs Newcastle United Betting Numbers
Summary: The Foxes are highly favored to emerge victorious in this showdown and improve their record going into the last few rounds of the 2020-21 tournament due to their awesome firepower, online EPL betting odds suggest. However, the Magpies are currently on an unbeaten run and are capable of pulling off an upset that could derail Leicester City’s chances. But Newcastle United needs to pull off a fortress-like defensive stance and be accurate in their offensive forays to win the game.
Moneyline: The moneyline for a Leicester City victory is pegged at -208 while a +460 ML is fixed for a Newcastle United win. Those who bet for a draw would award them a +275 moneyline.
Pick: Leicester City will go home victorious with a 3-1 win over Newcastle United and improve their chances of securing a Champions League berth and a top-three finish in the English Premier League.