The triple boost NUFC look set to benefit from ahead of Sunday’s clash with Leicester

We’re heading into a tough run of games over the festive period, but there’s plenty reasons to be hopeful this weekend.

Not only are we coming into Sunday’s game on the back of a confidence-boosting first win of the season, we face a Leicester side with plenty of issues going into the match.

Firstly, they’re in the middle of a fresh Covid scare, with Brendan Rodgers confirming that six senior players – Ademola Lookman, Daniel Amartey, Kelechi Iheanacho, Jannick Vestergaard, Ayoze Perez and Filip Benkovic – have either tested positive or fallen ill this week.

As a result, they’ve not travelled to their crucial Europa League clash with Napoli tonight.

Lose and they could exit the competition, meaning Rodgers will be forced to field a full strength team – minus those who haven’t travelled – just over 48 hours before we meet at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

So, there’s Covid issues, a stretched squad and a tough Thursday night game in Naples to contend with for our upcoming opponents, however their recent league form can also give us encouragement.

In Leicester’s last six Premier League games, they’ve won just once, losing three and drawing twice.

They’ve been shipping goals from set pieces and were guilty of that once again last weekend, with Aston Villa scoring twice from corners in a 2-1 win over the Foxes.

One player to look out for tonight is Jamie Vardy. He’s usually one of the first names on Rodgers’ team sheet, yet the Leicester boss admitted recently that the 34-year-old struggles to play two games per week, meaning he be struggling for Sunday if he starts in Italy this evening.

All of this will be irrelevant if we take Leicester lightly under Sunday and don’t turn up with a spring in our step, but these are just a few reasons why we should head into this weekend’s game with full belief another win is possible.

With Liverpool and Man City to follow, we need to take advantage while we can – as there probably won’t be a better time to play Leicester this season!

About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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