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Leicester welcome Newcastle to the King Power, looking to end their recent dismal run of form

After making it 15th time lucky last weekend, Newcastle United travel to Leicester on Sunday afternoon hoping to make it back-to-back league wins under Eddie Howe.

Throughout the last three seasons, that would look like a tall order for the Magpies, but Brendan Rodgers side have been going through a tough spell of late, and have won just once in their last six league games and just recently dropped out of the Europa League.

Playing in Europe is nothing but a distant memory and distant dream for Newcastle United at the minute. The new Saudi Arabian owners are determined to get the Geordies up the league table, but with a hellish set of fixtures in December, getting out of the bottom three is the club’s focus right now.

Howe has made a good start to life in the North-East, and their win over Burnley was well deserved last week. The last couple of games have saw Howe’s favoured 4-4-1-1 formation introduced, with Brazilian misfit Joelinton looking like the player Newcastle thought £40m was going to get them when they paid Hoffenheim almost three years ago.

Callum Wilson is scoring goals up front and was the man who found the net in the win last week, and Martin Dubravka was able to get the club’s first clean sheet of the season to give them confidence when they travel to the East Midlands.

For Leicester, there’s still some defensive injury worries, with James Justin, Wesley Fofana and Ricardo Pereira all out. There’s also been a COVID outbreak at the club recently, meaning Rodgers may have to cope without a further seven players. Jannik Vestergaard, Ayoze Perez, Ademola Lookman, Filip Benkovic, Kelechi Iheanacho, Vontae Daley-Campbell and Daniel Amartey are all believed to have tested positive, ruling them out.

As for Newcastle, they’ve had no positive tests as far as we know, so their only absentees are Paul Dummett and Ciaran Clark, who serves the second of a three-game ban for his red card against Norwich City. Ryan Fraser has a slight hamstring problem but is expected to make the squad.

Of the last five meetings between the sides, Leicester have enjoyed bragging rights, winning four of those meetings. The only Newcastle win came at the King Power last season, with the Geordies winning 4-2 in an inspired performance that featured a brace from Callum Wilson.

Leicester City take on Newcastle United at the King Power Stadium on Sunday, December 12th. Kick-off is at 2pm

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