Leicester City will be looking to take another step closer to the Champions League when they host Newcastle United in the Premier League on Friday at 8pm (UK time).
The Foxes are currently third, five points clear of fifth-placed West Ham with four games left to play and while a win this weekend will not secure a top four finish, it will make Brendan Rodgers’ side a lot harder to catch. Newcastle, meanwhile, will all but secure safety with victory.
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Where to watch Leicester City v Newcastle United on TV:
- UK: Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Premier League
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Leicester City v Newcastle United predicted XIs:
Jonny Evans has recovered from his foot injury so Leicester may opt to field an unchanged XI from the draw with Southampton last weekend. Joe Willock will return for Newcastle after being ineligible to face Arsenal, but isn’t a starter for Steve Bruce and should start from the bench.
- Leicester City: Schmeichel; Fofana, Soyuncu, Evans; Castagne, Ndidi, Tielemans, Thomas; Maddison; Iheanacho, Vardy.
- Newcastle United: Dubravka; Murphy, Clark, Fernandez, Dummett; Shelvey, S Longstaff; Almiron; Saint-Maximin, Wilson.
Allan Saint-Maximin eases fears of Newcastle departure
While Leicester have been flying near the top of the Premier League table, for Newcastle it’s been another year of disappointment, stuck in the relegation battle. Barring a massive crumble, the Magpies should be safe for another season and will start to look to next season, planning for a better campaign. But the future isn’t always bright and for Newcastle it comes with fears of some of their better players leaving.
One of those players is Allan Saint-Maximin, who has been Newcastle’s brightest spark this season. The Frenchman has scored three goals and recorded four assists in the Premier League with only Callum Wilson directly involved in more goals, but Saint-Maximin is known for his skills on the ball, completing 74 take-ons in the Premier League playing across the pitch.
His performances and potential, still only 24, has seen Saint-Maximin linked with a move up the Premier League table to the likes of Tottenham Hotspur. But, for now, his future appears to be at St James’ Park with Saint-Maximin hoping to improve with Newcastle.
“My ambition is to go up with the club,” he said.
“It’s what I say always when we talk with the players and everything – we have a good team, you know, but in the Premier League, it’s not enough to only have a good team. Every team has some good players and play well.
“The most important is to do exactly what you do in training in the game. If in training we play really, really great football, we have to the same in a game.”
However, he also appeared to be sending a message to Bruce about his favorite position, slightly unhappy with his output when being played in various areas of the pitch.
“I’m really happy,” he added.
“If you see when I play in my position, number 10, it is more easy for me to help my team play good football. That’s why I hope I keep going to play in my position to help my team as much as possible.
“I hope we don’t fight again to not go down. For me, Newcastle should not have to fight for this you know?”
After an upturn in form in recent weeks including some clutch results thanks to late goals, Newcastle only need four points from their remaining four games to mathematically secure safety in the Premier League – and even that relies of Fulham being perfect. A positive result against Leicester on Friday will go some way to achieving that but as Saint-Maximin has alluded to, they cannot be in the same position next season.
Premier League 2020/21 recent form:
- Leicester City: DWWLL
- Newcastle United: LDWWD