Sky Sports pundit predicts score for Newcastle United's tough clash with high-flying Leicester City

Newcastle United have a tough assignment this time around as they face up against Leicester City, who are flying high under former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

By Rhys Thomas
Wednesday, 1st January 2020, 11:20 am
Nicholas makes his prediction
Nicholas makes his prediction

Newcastle United are hoping to get back to winning ways at St James’ Park on New Year’s Day, but face a tricky task as they go up against Leicester City.

The Foxes are in 2nd place ahead of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City as things stand, and continued their fine form with a 2-1 victory at West Ham United on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Steve Bruce’s side suffered a disappointing home defeat to Everton, and will hope for a bit more luck this time around.

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas is predicting a tough afternoon for the Magpies.

In his predictions column, he said: “Leicester have such a confidence and authority on the ball against these teams and Newcastle probably deserved something from their match against Everton. Miguel Almiron had two chances in front of the goal that he sliced high, although he was unlucky in hitting the post. There was enough in Newcastle to say there was more of a threat going forward.

“Leicester try to pick teams off in games like this. Jonjo Shelvey must get on the ball and dictate these games. Andy Carroll and Joelinton were a handful, but Steve Bruce didn't play them as a pair - Almiron's speed behind them with the flying wing-backs made them look dangerous. Leicester will have too much when they are on the ball and can be dangerous from all areas.