Newcastle United’s performances in the first-half of the Premier League have been one of the standout stories. Eddie Howe has transformed the club, and they will be looking to maintain that excellent start on Boxing Day when they travel to the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester City.
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Newcastle United fans are daring to dream that a title challenge could be on the cards this season. They certainly deserve to be in the conversation based on their performances in the first 15 games this season, as they currently sit third. Victory on Boxing Day could lift them up to second in the standings, while no team in the Premier League has lost fewer games than the Magpies this term.
They come into the restart in excellent form, as they have picked up victories in each of their previous five games. In only furthers their case that they will likely not be impacted by the World Cup, as many of their top stars missed out on selection for the tournament.
Things are looking slightly better for Leicester City at present than they were two months into the season. The Foxes had been bottom of the standings, but a run of four wins in five games has seen them rise to 13th in the standings. However, they will still likely need to address their defensive situation this term, as they have already allowed 25 goals, and have lost on eight occasions.
But, there is every chance that Leicester can build on their performances before the international break and make a late charge for the European spots. Their chances will be boosted with the returns of Youri Tielemans and James Maddison from the World Cup with no injury issues.
Leicester City vs Newcastle Head to Head
Newcastle has won two of the previous three matches that they have played against the Foxes. However, Leicester still hold a very solid record, having landed victories in four of the previous six. There hasn’t been a draw in this fixture in the previous 16 meetings.
Leicester City vs Newcastle Prediction
This could be the match of the day on Boxing Day. However, we are still keen on Newcastle’s chances of continuing their strong start to the season. We could see Callum Wilson playing a big role, after he looked sharp for England when called upon throughout the World Cup.
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