Some ‘interesting’ comments from Leicester fans ahead of facing Newcastle United.
The home side may well win today but a lot of their supporters are getting a little bit carried away with things.
Their grasp on reality not quite what it should be.
After reading comments from Leicester fans below, I had to check NUFC weren’t putting out a reserve team against Real Madrid.
Talk of hammering Newcastle 3-0 and 4-0, plus plenty of lame comments about how negative they expect the visitors to be.
Rafa Benitez hasn’t suddenly turned Newcastle into the entertainers revisited but now with the likes of Shelvey and Kenedy starting every week, along with a more pressing game to complement their qualities, parking the bus isn’t the tactic – apart from against the likes of Liverpool and Man City with their attacking prowess.
Only once since December have Newcastle failed to score in a Premier League match and in the last seven PL games, Rafa’s players have won three and drawn three. Whereas apart from beating a terrible West Brom side, the only victory for the Foxes in their last seven games was beating Brighton.
When your last three PL home matches have been draws against Swansea, Stoke and Bournemouth, it is difficult to reconcile that with many of these comments below.
Talk of winning by three or four goals is particularly amusing, considering in Jamaal Lascelles’ 25 starts this season, only twice (Man City and Liverpool away) have Newcastle lost by more than one goal.
I just hope that Claude Puel has similarly underestimated Newcastle United…
Leicester fans comment via their top Foxes Talk message board:
‘Newcastle will probably come and park the bus knowing a draw will be a decent result for them so I can see Diabate and Gray starting this in place of Shinji and Albrighton.’
‘Them winning [v Huddersfield] is probably a good thing- they’re more or less safe, and they could have been a lot more desperate to scrap for it with 3 or 4 less points.
I’d like to think we will have enough to put them away with home advantage, and we need to if we want that European spot.’
‘Neutrals think Newcastle are safe but they won’t think like that, they’ll want at least one more win this season and every point is still vital.’
‘We’ve been rubbish at home for ages, so would like to see us win one!
Losing Ndidi is a blow, but cometh the hour, cometh the man and I hope that Adrien Silva shows us what he’s got. Shelvey is a technical player himself, so perhaps Silva will fair better against him than he has done against the other mid-table sides. On paper we should beat them, so as long as the boys put in a shift will go for a hard fought 2-1 win.’
‘Newcastle looked extremely solid and well organised, it will be very difficult to pass through them, the best bet is going to be taking them on, give and go’s, overlapping and overloading etc, the performance of the wingers will be key, there’s an argument for having Mahrez as the no.10 so we have three effective dribblers out there.
Pencil in a 30 yarder from Shelvey out of nothing and we’ll need two to win it, so 2-1 City.’
‘Heard that Mike Ashley will be heading to the club shop with Slimani and his receipt to ask for a refund on the loan fee as he doesn’t appear to be working properly.
Also to see that a leisurewear retail store doesn’t have to represent a bomb struck jumble sale.’
‘Fully expecting Rafa to come and park the bus. There won’t be many goals in this, unlike the reverse at SJP before Christmas.’
‘Rafa is quoted as saying he won’t be satisfield until Toon have 40 points – they could finish top half by overtaking Watford and Bournemouth (both 37 points).
I can’t see Newcastle scoring but they might sneak a goalless draw.’
‘Newcastle being almost safe is good news but Rafa teams are generally hard to break down, and we’ve struggled with this at home.’
‘We will batter the Geordie scum off the park. Annihilate them in every department and either scrape a 1-1 or nick a lucky 1-0.’
‘This will be a lot trickier than some expect. They have a decent manager who has them well organised and they are playing with a bit of confidence.
If we want to get 7th then it is a game we have to win, our approach will tell us something of whether the club and manager are that bothered about finishing 7th.’
‘I reckon if you asked Puel & Dyche in private (with no reporting to the media) BOTH managers would prefer not to be playing Thursday-Sunday next season.’
‘Too many people have bought into the big club/media mentality that nobody wants to play in the Europa League.
The reality is that the odd trophy or a run into Europe are all clubs of our size (and even up to the likes of Everton, etc.) can hope for these days. I’m desperate for us to do it.
So what if it affects league form? Our Champions League run hindered our early league form which ultimately cost us any momentum and dragged us into a relegation scrap, but I wouldn’t change those memories for the world.’
‘When was the last time we played Newcastle at home in the league at 3pm on a Saturday?
‘Vardy hat trick 3-0.’
‘Unless we stop Shelvey we won’t be winning. Hopefully we can do this.’
‘Every game we’ve played against Newcastle where Shinji has played, we’ve won and he’s scored.’
‘I think it will be an up and down game but we’ll get the result though not necessarily the performance.
At St. James Park we were also quite poor defensively but highly impressive going forward. I can see a similar game to that one again.’
They’re under no real pressure with being quite a good few points away from the drop-zone, but we should have enough to win easily imo.’
‘No Wilf no win probably but I doubt they’ve got a plan beyond hope for a breakaway/ set piece goal and park the bus so going for 1-1.’
2-0 City – Mahrez & Iborra
Weather – Raining but not cold.
Benitez makes flattering comments about Leicester City.
Angling for a better job!’
I like Puel but Rafa is in a whole different league.’
‘Benitez will have them drilled for a point. We will be all out for the win man city/Liverpool style. 3-1 Leicester.’
‘I fancy us to win this one and win it well. I’m going 4-0 city.’