Welcome one and all to this ‘Game On’ article which will take us through the highs and lows as we travel to the King Power Stadium for today’s Premier league game (12.45 kick-off), to face the in-form Leicester City in what head coach John Carver has dubbed “the biggest game of the weekend.” Leicester have won four of their last five games only failing to the the Premier League Champions elect Chelsea on Wednesday night after taking the lead at the King Power Stadium and having a go at them but eventually suffering a 3-1 defeat.
John Carver and first team coach Steve Stone were in the stands for that game, watching Leicester in action, and were impressed by what they saw.
“If I’m perfectly honest out of the next four games, I think this is going to be one of the toughest,” said Carver.
“Me and Steve Stone travelled down to watch them against Chelsea and the atmosphere was incredible, so we’ll have to deal with that.
“Leicester were very well organised, very strong and a big physical side but they did run out of steam a little bit.
“We have to make sure we stay in the game. They’re very tight and they work extremely hard. They’ll put us under pressure and not give us a minute on the ball.
“But because of their work rate they tire, and we must use that to our advantage.”
Following their recent haul of 12 points, Leicester have climbed out of the relegation zone and currently sit just three points behind the Magpies going into Saturday’s fixture.
“Nigel (Pearson) has done a remarkable job,” Carver added, about his opposite number.
“Four weeks ago his team weren’t even in the hunt to stay in this league but he has turned that around.
“This is certainly the biggest game of the weekend – it’s huge for both sides for different reasons. The important thing is we need to get a result because we all know what run we are in at the moment and that needs to end.”
I just hope we stop the rot and stop breaking records.
Siem de Jong looks set for another substitute role and Daryl Janmaat will be fit to face the Foxes following illness, and fellow defender Paul Dummett is in contention after recovering from a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Leicester Schmeichel, Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan (c), Albrighton, Cambiasso, James, Mahrez, Schlupp, Ulloa, Vardy.
Subs Schwarzer, De Laet, Konchesky, Drinkwater, Hammond, Wood, Kramarić.
Newcastle United Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini (c), Williamson, Dummett, Gutierrez, R.Taylor, Colback, Sissoko, Rivière, Perez.
Subs Woodman, Abeid, Anita, Ameobi, Cabella, de Jong, Armstrong.