Team news and stats ahead of Newcastle vs Leicester in the Premier League on Sunday, live on Sky Sports; kick off at 2.15 p.m.
Newcastle Head coach Steve Bruce has no new selection issues ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Leicester.
Skipper Jamaal Lascelles and forward Allan Saint-Maximin remain on the sidelines as they recover from the aftermath of the club’s coronavirus outbreak, with the defender likely to reappear first.
Paul Dummett missed Wednesday night’s goalless draw with Liverpool due to illness and full-back Javier Manquillo has not played since November 27, but Callum Wilson (ankle) returned against the Reds and Martin Dubravka (ankle) ), Jonjo Shelvey (groin) and Jeff Hendrick (illness) were unused surrogates. Midfielder Ryan Fraser (groin) is still absent.
Leicester playmaker James Maddison’s suitability will have to be checked, but Brendan Rodgers is expected to recall the majority of his key players from Newcastle.
Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans and Jamie Vardy were on the bench against Crystal Palace on Monday due to the rotation and are expected to be back in the starting XI this weekend.
Maddison and Wesley Fofana (both knee) completely missed the trip to London but have been in training and could play although Cengiz Under (hamstrings) and Ricardo Pereira (groin) remain out.
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- Newcastle have lost seven of their last nine Premier League encounters with Leicester (W2), losing both to Foxes in 2019-20 by an overall score of 0-8.
- Leicester have won their last four Premier League away games against Newcastle, retaining three clean sheets in this race. It wasn’t until West Brom (5) that they won more consecutive away games in the competition.
- Newcastle have lost their first league game in six of the past eight calendar years (W1 D1), including a 0-3 home loss to Leicester in their opener of 2020.
- Leicester have only lost their first league game in the last 12 calendar years (W8 D4), since losing 1-3 at QPR in 2008. The Foxes have kept a clean sheet in each of their last five games, winning the last three in a row.
- Newcastle United won their last Premier League game on Sunday, beating Everton 2-1 in November – the Magpies haven’t won a back-to-back Sunday in the competition since a three-game streak in May 2018 (win over Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea).
- Having won none of their last 18 Premier League games, Leicester’s last two in the competition have ended on par with the Foxes coming from behind both times.
- Newcastle manager Steve Bruce hasn’t won any of his seven home games with Leicester in all competitions (D4 L3) – the Foxes are the only side to face more than twice at home without ever winning in their career as manager.
- Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has scored six goals in his last seven Premier League appearances against Newcastle, scoring five goals and assisting one. His two strikes at St James’ Park were the first goal of the game.
- Ryan Fraser is one of three current Newcastle players to have scored at least twice in his career against Leicester in the Premier League (also Andy Carroll and Callum Wilson), while the winger has scored four goals in his last three appearances against the Foxes (two goals, two assists).
- Leicester’s Harvey Barnes have scored eight goals in 21 appearances in all competitions this season, one more than in 42 games last season. It wasn’t until 2018-19 (10) that the midfielder scored more goals in all competitions in a single campaign.