Newcastle United vs Leicester City
|Date & Time||Monday March 14, 2016, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Leicester City Draw Newcastle United
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Action on Monday night from the King Power stadium where league leading Leicester City will try to move further ahead in the race for the Premier League. The Foxes have been a revelation this season and they come into this game in confident form. Jamie Vardy, Mahrez, Okazaki and Ulloa have been finding a way to get the job done up front with Drinkwater, Kante and Albrighton have been absolutely brilliant this season and Kante has arguably been the best player in the league. A lot of previously unheralded players like Albrighton have proved that given the right club and the right conditions then any team can compete. Claudio Ranieiri has done a remarkable job here and if Leicester City win the title I think it will go down as one for the greatest achievements in English football.
Opposing the would be Champions will be Newcastle United who's struggles this season led the the sacking of Steve McLaren during the week and the appointment of former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez. McLaren spent over €100million during his time in charge and had six wins in twenty eight games simply not good enough for the Newcastle owner and McLaren had to go. Benitez is a quality manager and he Wil focus on the defence and making Newcastle hard to beat before working out a plan to use the attacking players at his disposal. I think Benitez will be surprised by the levels of talent in this squad, Newcastle should not be in the relegation zone. Wijnaldum has been a revelation this season but Mitrovic, Perez and Cissokho have shown themselves to be able performers at this level and if Benitez can get some good of a struggling defence I think Newcastle will stay up comfortably.
Probably the worst thing that could have happened for Leicester City was the appointment of Rafael, which will have given Newcastle and injection of energy and the players a reason to put in the effort to get into the new managers plplans. I expect a tough tight battle here and not many goals. Raga was the master of the 1-0 while at Liverpool and Chelsea. I believe his tactical nuance will cause problems for Leicesters attack and I am going for the understanding here. Just a small play given the changes at Newcastle.