Leicester 4, Newcastle 0, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, Premier League fixture

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Brendan Rodgers made a vital decission as he decided to drop Jamie Vardy from the team. Luke Thomas was also back in the line-up as predicted. His presence is at the moment interesting to look at as the team tends to bring in a few good results with Thomas in there. TCF was a bit reluctant to the idea to play Dewsbury-Hall, Maddison and Tielemans in the same team, but today Brendan Rodgers used all three again.

Leicester fans were a bit worried about the game as the team lately has fallen flat at times and when Jonny Evans left the field early on with something looking like a hamstring problem no one expected it to be easy this time either.

Newcastle had chances and a bit of a treath but with the change moving Wilfred Ndidi down in defense it looked rock solid with the Nigerian international taking that role for Evans.

Leicester and a certain James Maddison took more and more command as Newcastle was pushed back and in the 38th minute Leicester were rewarded a penalty when the England international went to the ground from a Lascelles tackle and Youri Tielemans converted from the penalty spot, 1-0 Leicester.

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Leicester were leading this game going into the 2nd half and of course looking good so far with a team of players and a system new to them all, but we were all happy.

It was not a long time to wait for the 2nd Leicester goal when Harvey Barnes unselfishly served brilliantly to Daka after a magic touch and pass from James Maddison, Leicester are 2-0 up and flying. Especially Maddison is on top this evening, maybe his best game in a Leicester shirt.

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Newcastle are not at their best at the moment and of course today with such a game from James Maddison, The Magpies really struggled a lot, especially in the middle of the pitch.

Leicester kept the pressure and the ball high in the field as Newcastle just couldn’t defend against this pressure and it was a delight to see another fantastic goal scored in the 81st minute when Tielemans scored again after a terrific Maddison assist.

Leicester finished the party with a perfect pass from Daka to Maddison who just put this punction to his fantastic performance also being among the goalscorers.

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Brendan Rodgers put Marc Albrighton on in the 71st minute replacing Harvey Barnes and debutant Kasey McAteer being handed his first Premier League game coming on for James Maddison in the 88th minute.

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This was a in real a must win for Leicester and to drop Jamie Vardy and decide to bring on Patson Daka was a bold move, then to also play with an offensive line of Dewsbury-Hall, Tielemans and Maddison all in the team was a gamble that worked fantastic today, especially Maddison being able to move a bit around from his wide position and not just be seen as a flank man.

Leicester are now on 22 points and in reach of those places that we really feel this team belong, next up is Spurs, a difficult game and maybe a totally other approach from Brendan Rodgers who knows what he will be up to next as this game showed that what he did today could work brilliantly against a weak opponent.

  • Positives
    • Scoring four goals
    • Winning at home
    • Keeping a clean sheet
    • Maddison on to his best form ever
    • Ndidi converted brilliantly into defense
    • Thomas again being part of an exciting and positive Leicester side
    • Daka showing great quality, can Leicester use both him and Vardy at the same time
    • Counterattacking approach, Newcastle had the ball the most
  • Negatives:
    • Caglar getting a yellow
    • Evans injury

Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Castagne 6, Evans, Thomas 7, Soyuncu 6, Dewsbury-Hall 7, Ndidi 7, Daka 7, Barnes 7, Tielemans 8, Maddison 9, Subs: Soumare 7, Albrighton, McAteer

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • James Maddison

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 47 / 53
  • Corners: 4 / 6
  • Shots on target: 4 / 6
  • Fouls: 9 / 16

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