Newcastle v. Leicester, Match Preview, Fans View, Who’s in, Who’s out

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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.

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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.

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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.

Referee,
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

Best Bet,
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

Fun Fact,
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.

The Norwegian Jamie Vardy, not a forward but a very special goalkeeper

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Rosenborg goalkeeper Andre Hansen is probably very close to the two preferred in front of him by Norwegian national coach Lars Lagerback. Hertha Berlin shot stopper Rune Jarstein and the new Aston Villa goalie Ørjan Nyland are the two players in front in the pecking order.

The problem at the moment is that Rune Jarstein had a minor injury in the game recently v. Werder Bremen, and Nyland has been under great pressure with a problematic start at Villa Park.

Andre Hansen is in great form for Rosenborg playing for them with great confidence, recently taking over the lead in the Norwegian Eliteserie. Rosenborg are also competing in the final rounds of the Europa League, playing in a group with Celtic.

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Hansen has since his move from Odd Skien in 2014 been playing regularly and seen as a steady first choice, but only been picked for three full internationals which also resulted in his withdrawel, but now he has opened the door again to be involved if crises.

The route to the top has also been one a bit like Jamie’s, going through minor clubs in Norway such as Skeid and Kjelsås. Then taking the steps via a loan spell in Reykjavik, Iceland and coming back to Norway being signed by Odd from Lillestrom in his early 20’s without very little top level experience.

As we have seen with Gareth Southgate, not even at King Power Stadium v. Switzerland it was a place for Jamie Vardy, who has not totally shot the door for doing some international duty if needed, but those men in charge seldom takes that into consideration and instead goes for a younger alternative.

We just have to wait and see if Lagerback will do as Southgate and ignore the player and his decision to be available if needed and if the chance of playing is there.

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Hansen is alongside his playing duties also working as a lawyer, given the chance to practice his trade already with a law firm in Trondheim. There are several players who have managed to mix professional life in football with education, one example is Kristian Kalvenes, previously with Burnley, who finished his masters degree in finance while playing at Turf Moor, and today are well employed in his new trade.

Jamie Vardy is also special giving something back to football via his football academy V9, giving players out of contract in the professional game a chance to get back in action and be seen by other clubs.

We wish that stubborn managers would see the benefit of people who likes to plan their lives and family in front of football at all matters, and when needed, still being among the best players in their league, so Lagerback and Southgate pick up the phone!

In Both Camps, Foxes in the Toon Army, Sinclair from the 60’s, Slimani, Kelly, Kitson and a few others

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A number of former foxes also have a previous life at St James Park. Going back to the early days the first to notice is former Leicester City forward Jackie Sinclair. Sinclair sadly passed away in 2010, only 67 years of age. Sinclair left Leicester City for a fee of £ 67 500 back in 1968 and joined  Newcastle United.

Sinclair had a great spell with Leicester, partnering Derek Dougan and also getting his first and only cap for Scotland, playing in a 1966 friendly v. Portugal. Sinclair Played 103 league games and scored 50 goals with Leicester in spell lasting from 1965 to 1968.

His stay at Newcastle didn’t last long as he was traded with Tony Ford and moved down to Yorkshire and Sheffield Wednesday just a year after his move from Leicester City. But despite his short stay he was part of the Magpies team that won the 1969 European Fairs Cup.

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Sinclair also played a long period of his career in his native Scotland joining Leicester City from Dunfirmline Athletic, which he also after his time with The Owls, moved back to. He ended his career in the mid 70’s with Stenhousemuir and also had a shot loan spell at Chesterfield as part of his relatively successful career.

Another fox to make his trade in the North was David Kelly. He left Leicester City to join Newcastle United for a fee of £ 250 000 back in 1991, helping the black and white avoiding relegation and scoring vital goals as he also did with Leicester City. Kelly scored fairly at both clubs netting 22 goals in 66 league games for Leicester and 35 in 70 for Newcastle. Kelly played internationally for Ireland, but would say he was as English as anyone born in Birmingham.

Kelly as many probably remember is more famous for his 2000 Worthington Cup Wembley final goal for Tranmere Rovers against Leicester City, but luckily, Matt Elliott managed to hit the net twice to see Leicester City as winners.

Paul Kitson who started out at Leicester City and moved on to Derby County, being a big money move of £ 1.3 million, once a club record for The Rams, that move was involving two players going the opposite way, Ian Ormondroyd and Phil Gee.

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Kitson had a short spell at Newcastle United, moving on to West Ham, before sliding down the League tiers ending up at Aldershot Town with one single game, being his last stop in League football. Kitson was a great talent, represented England at U.21 level while at Leicester City, but a stock of injuries limited his progress at top level.

Other Foxes to mention with a life in The Toon Army are Steve Howey, once an England international while at St James Park, at Leicester his leggs were probably gone as he missed most games in his only season at the club 2003/04 and moved to Bolton Wanderers.

Franz Carr had a spell at Newcastle United as well as Leicester City, Playing at Filbert Street from 1994 to 1995, the England U.21 international had a short spell at St James Park as well a few years earlier turning out there from 1991 to 1993.

Danny Simpson still at Leicester City but no longer part of the future plan also had a relatively good spell at Newcastle United before his move to Queens Park Rangers and later moving to the King Power, where we all know what happened, first a struggling season then a great one and a bit of both and now totally frozen out, sadly that is the life of a footballer sometimes.

Islam Slimani joined Newcastle on loan last January but his move up North never really end up as a success. Slimani was mostly injured during the spell and only featured in four games and never scored.

This is our update on former players in both camps, following up with a grand match preview.

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