//Leicester set to consolidate seventh

Leicester set to consolidate seventh

Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City host Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle at the King Power Stadium on Friday looking to earn their fifth straight win.

The Rodgers era started with a defeat to Watford in early February but since then, there has been a real energy to their performances during a superb run.

Leicester looked stilted and shackled when Claude Puel was in charge but Rodgers has allowed their attacking talent to flourish as they have netted 11 goals in four games since then – and the Foxes are priced at 13/5 to net three goals against Newcastle.

No one has perhaps benefitted more from Rodgers’ arrival than Jamie Vardy – relations were clearly strained between him and Puel – and the 32-year-old has bagged six goals in five games since the former Celtic man took over.

He is available at 13/5 to score the first goal in the contest.

Newcastle’s renaissance in the second half of the season has tended to come at home, winning five of their last six matches at St James’ Park.

They have yet to taste victory on the road in 2019 and are winless since their trip to Huddersfield on December 15.

They also have a bad record against Leicester, too, losing six of their last seven, though the solitary win came in the corresponding fixture last season, thanks to goals from forgotten man Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez.

Perez is part of a three-pronged attack that has looked much more dangerous since the acquisition of Miguel Almiron in January.

The third part of the jigsaw is Salomon Rondon, who has 10 goals in 26 games this season, with four of his nine Premier League goals coming since the turn of the year.

He is 21/10 to score anytime against Leicester as Newcastle look to spring a surprise result.

 

 

2019-04-11T13:05:48+00:00 April 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |