Leicester travels to Newcastle for their next Premier League game, and Claude Puel will this time not allow the team to be lost in traffic, flying up to The North.
Nampalys Mendy and his teammates must come out of the starting blocks in the right way so that Leicester are not trawling behind after the first minutes and a key is to be online from the first second and not let Newcastle score a fast and easy goal.
From the press conference yesterday you could here that Demarai Gray will be missing the trip and the only other injury is the one of Matty James, who has been out for a while and will not return to any action before probably January the earliest.
Much talk about Caglar Soyuncu and him missing in the team and not getting his debut, strangely Claude Puel makes a suggestion that he has a language problem, but that he soon will be ready.
Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is probably not under much pressure, despite a difficult start to the season, without a win so far, but at St James Park there are never easy evenings and we just have to see how Puel will play his team to get the best result.
Would be surprising to see too many changes from the game v. Huddersfield and Kelechi Iheanacho will again getting a starting position, if not Puel is eager to give a more defensive orientated Marc Albrighton a starting position. Surely not easy to predict Claude Puel and his team selections that sometimes are difficult to understand.
We all hope for a repeat from the glorious goal from Shinji Okazaki, but we believe that the Japanese will be sitting on the bench and not be in the starting line-up.
Going to play away you would believe that you are a bit more defensive and ready to carry home at least a point, staying a bit deeper and secure the first 30 minutes, without conceding goals, which has been a problem for Leicester in the previous games this season.
Benitez will do his most to bring home his first three pointer this season, the job for Puel must be to surprise Benitez with good counterattacks and take the chances you can get and be 100 % present on the day, not letting in sloppy goals after a few minutes.
The talent and top level of this Leicester City team is not yet seen to it’s full, but as a foxes fan we would like to believe that a team full of full internationals and full internationals to be, an expected challenge of a top four position should be in reach this season.
Simon Hooper, will be the one whisteling at St. James Park
Last Meeting, 11 v. 11
Home: 07.04.18, 1-2, Defeat, Premier League
Away: 09.12., 3-2, Win, Premier League
Our prediction is a 2-1 win to Leicester
Predicted Leicester City line-up,
System: 4-4-1-1, Schmeichel – Pereira, Maguire, Morgan, Chilwell – Ndidi, Mendy, Albrighton, Ghezzal – Maddison – Vardy
Before last seasons defeat at King Power, Leicester had won five games in a row against Newcastle, before that 11 games had been without a win for Leicester, and you had to go back 14 years to the clash i April 2000, when Martin O’Neill and his boys won 2-0.
In Both Camps,
Islam Slimani and Danny Simpson are two names currently still on Leicester books that has been in both camps. Other names that comes on our mind is Jackie Sinclair, Steve Howey, David Kelly and Paul Kitson.
The big duel,
Ndidi v. Shelvey, another real midfield battle, Ndidi needs to stop Shelvey and his creativity. That is the vital point in this game, giving Shelvey too much space will be deadly and Ndidi is the key to stop that happening, breaking and tackling at his very best.