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

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Again changes from Dean Smith as a new formation was in place and also leaving James Maddison and Harvey Barnes on the bench, giving starting places to Harry Souttar and Kelechi Iheanacho.

Nothing hidden as we did see the pattern and to get something with you from St James Park is a difficult task any day of the week, and with the defensive approach also to understand the decision.

Staying compact and keeping a safe defend was the key to day coming out in a 3-5-2 system and then having focus on other things entertainment and having a show.

Newcastle put pressure on Leicester from start, but still could not produce enough score, despite having half chances, some saved by the Leicester defenders other being stopped by Daniel Iversen, who had a mixed evening with some fantastic saves and also having mistakes that could cost Leicester this evening, but luckily it didn’t.

Leicester build their wall and to then see them stick to the plan and keep working hard for every ball, made it possible to be even at half time, and despite not having any chances at all, it was still a good team performance.

Leicester came out 2nd half bringing on James Maddison for Kelechi Iheanacho, but still Maddison had massive problems to get any involvement, but in all fairness, he also put in a shift that can see him proud.

Dean Smith made an attempt to try to bring on a more offensive approach, when taking off an injured Jonny Evans and also Jamie Vardy, bringing on Harvey Barnes and Patson Daka and changing to 4-4-1-1 formation.

Leicester managed to keep their momentum and also managed to get the ball and play more. Wilfred Ndidi left the field close to the end being replaced Papy Mendy, and soon after, and in stoppage time, Leicester build up a good chance with a well place pass from James Maddison to Timothy Castagne, who on a volley looked to have done the impossible, but his shot was cleverly saved by Nick Pope in the Newcastle goal.

The game ended 0-0, somehting that was the better result for Newcastle as they secured play in Champions League next season, getting to 70 points. Leicester are still in hope of a survival, but Bournemouth needs to take at least one point with them from Goodison Park, and as we all know Leicester must win to survive.

This is easy for Leicester with one eye on the match against West Ham at home, a win is needed and if that happens it would up to Everton to decide as they have everything in their own hands.

Leeds can still also survive if Leicester and Everton or not doing their job, so everything is in the air for the last match on Sunday.

  • Positives
    • Keeping a clean sheet
    • Daniel Iversen doing his job again, despite having a few difficulties in the field work
    • Still possible chance to survive, and if it happens, it will massive
    • A midfield that looked well organized and also defenders working hard to keep the ball away
  • Negatives
    • Not able to have any form of play during almost 90 minutes
    • Of course not creating anything besides that last fantastic chance from Timothy Castagne

Player Ratings: Iversen 7, Castagne 8, Thomas 6, Evans 7, Faes 6, Soumare 6, Tielemans 6, Ndidi 7, Souttar 7, Vardy 5, Iheanacho 4 Subs: Maddison 6, Daka, Mendy, Barnes

  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Timothy Castagne

Match Stats (H/A)

  • Possession: 78 / 22
  • Corners: 12 / 1
  • Shots on target: 4 / 1
  • Fouls: 9 / 5

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