Prediction on game
On January 10, St James' Park (Newcastle) will host the 1/4 final match of the EFL Cup, in which Newcastle will compete with Leicester. The battle will start at 21:00 CET.
The club may well be considered to be one of the main discoveries of this season. Although those, who believe that the transformation began during the previous Premier League draw, when after the 2nd round “the Magpies” rose from the very bottom to the top half of the standings, are right. But the most important thing is that the “the Black and whites” are eager to add in the game. Now they are completely on a point in the top three leaders of the Premier League. Eddie Howe’s wards were even able to stop Arsenal's victorious pace – the previous round ended in a goalless draw. At the same time, the team extended its own streak: 15 matches without any defeat! Suddenly, there was a misfire with Sheffield Wednesday – the team lost to an outsider in the FA Cup at the weekend.
The team seriously fought for the 4th place of the Premier League for a couple of seasons, played in the European arena and won cups under the rule of Brendan Rodgers. But the previous draw was unsuccessful “for the Foxes”, who finished that season only in the 8th place. Nowadays, the club is among the middle peasants, it is mainly possible due to a successful performance in October-November. There had been a completely failed start before – the club had met the break with 1 point after 7 rounds and the last place in the standings. And in the winter, having won with a 3-0 score in the match with modest MK Dons in the previous round of the EFL Cup, Leicester suffered from several painful failures in a row in the main tournament. The team lost not only to Newcastle and Liverpool, but also to the newcomers like Fulham (a home 0-1 defeat). And only Gillingham was overcome due to the only goal, made by Iheanacho in the second half of the game.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
Newcastle has got 3 wins in 4 previous head-to-head matches. The match on December 26 is not an exception – the team defeated Leicester with a 3-0 score.
Bookmakers do not believe in the intrigue. Leicester is weak and Newcastle is unlikely to have the 2nd misfire in a row. Thus, we bet that Eddie Howe's wards will win in this battle with the crisis “Foxes” – let's take “a -1 goal handicap” (odd: 2.08).
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