Newcastle United have enjoyed a magnificent campaign and can pile further misery on a Leicester City side battling the drop when the pair meet at St James’ Park on Monday.
The Foxes were forlorn in last Monday’s 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool, while the Magpies were magnificent as they beat Brighton 4-1 on Thursday and now need just a point to seal Champions League qualification for next season.
In contrast, Leicester are entrenched in the bottom three and with 39 points separating the two teams, a 12th home win of the season could beckon for the Tynesiders.
Newcastle vs Leicester Betting Tips
Date: Monday 22nd May
Location: St James’ Park
Newcastle are expected to be without Joe Willock, who was withdrawn on the hour against Brighton due to a hamstring injury and could again be replaced by Elliott Anderson.
Neither Sean Longstaff (ankle) nor Jacob Murphy (groin) have trained in recent days, while Emil Krafth (ACL), Jamaal Lascelles (calf), Matt Ritchie (knee) are all absent.
Dean Smith has confirmed that Kelechi Iheanacho should be fit for Leicester following a groin issue, but Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is a doubt with an ankle issue and Caglar Soyuncu is expected to be missing due to a thigh problem.
James Justin (knee), Danny Ward (finger), Ryan Bertrand (fitness) and Jannik Vestergaard (calf) are all out.
Newcastle to win and both teams to score @ 8/5
With 11 home wins this season, it seems foolish to look past Newcastle heading into this one.
They have also already beaten the Foxes twice this season, winning 3-0 at the King Power in the Premier League, before triumphing 2-0 at St James’ in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
While they have easily dealt with the Foxes’ threat in those two matches, the Magpies have not been as tight in recent times, conceding in their last four at home.
Meanwhile, Leicester have netted in their last five on the road, most recently in their 5-3 defeat at Fulham on May 8th, while City have also got on the scoresheet in their last six league trips to Tyneside.
They will more than likely need to extend that run if they are to get anything from St James’, but the Toon should have too much as they look to seal their Champions League place.
Bruno Guimaraes to score anytime @ 5/2
Joelinton has been a thorn in Leicester’s side this season, netting on both occasions that these two sides have met.
His improvement under Eddie Howe has been incredible, but he has also been helped by the arrival of his fellow Brazilian, Bruno Guimaraes.
The former Lyon man scored a brace when these two teams met last season at St James’ Park and rediscovered his scoring touch in the dying minutes against Brighton.
A lack of midfield intensity has cost Leicester this season and Bruno could take advantage with a trademark long-range effort.
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