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Leicester City will look to bounce back from dropping points against 10-man Southampton when they welcome Newcastle United to the King Power Stadium in the Premier League tonight.
Brendan Rodgers’ side could move eight points clear of fifth-placed West Ham with a win, as Leicester look to secure Champions League qualification for just the second time in the club’s history.
The Foxes remain in a strong position despite drawing against the Saints last Friday but will look to take maxiumum points against Newcastle this time around, with a run-in of games against Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur to come.
Newcastle’s Premier League status is all but safe for another season, but Steve Bruce will be looking for an improvement following a dismal display in the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match this evening.
Leicester City will aim to move one step closer to securing a top four finish in the Premier League when they host Newcastle at the King Power Stadium this evening.
The Foxes are in a favourable position to qualify for the Champions League and can move eight points clear of fifth-placed West Ham if they win, and with just three fixtures remaining.
The potential difficulty of their run-in means that Brendan Rodgers’ side will be desperate to take all three points against Newcastle, however, as they finish their season with games against Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
Steve Bruce’s side would be an ideal opponent in that regard, although Newcastle are yet to mathematically secure their Premier League safety. A win here for Newcastle would relegate Sam Allardyce’s West Brom, however.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match tonight.
When is it?
The match kicks off at 8pm GMT on Friday 7 May.
How can I watch?
It will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, with coverage starting from 7:30pm. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.
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What’s the team news?
Rodgers said he expected defender Johnny Evans to be fit enough to start against Newcastle after recovering from a minor injury this week. James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira are set to start as they return to full fitness. Harvey Barnes and James Justin are out for the season due to knee injuries, while Wes Morgan also remains side-lined.
Newcastle defender Fabian Schar is unavailable due to suspension after being sent off in Sunday’s defeat to Arsenal. Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden, Ryan Fraser and Karl Darlow remain out, and Bruce confirmed there are no fresh injury concerns for his team.
Leicester: Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans, Soyuncu; Pereira, Ndidi, Tielemans, Castagne; Maddison, Vardy, Iheanacho
Newcastle: Dubravka; Murphy, Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie; Longstaff, Shelvey, Almiron; Saint-Maximin, Wilson
It’s hard to see anything other than a comfortable home win, in what seems a good opportunity for James Maddison to get back to top form. Leicester 3-1 Newcastle