Michael Owen has been looking ahead to Saturday’s game at the King Power Stadium.
Leicester in eighth take on twelfth place Newcastle and the visitors could close to within five points of the Foxes with a win.
Claude Puel arrived and steadied the ship after Leicester ended up in relegation trouble early on, no surprise as they have some real quality players and had a lot of investment in the squad.
A rollercoaster era for Leicester has seen them promoted in 2013/14, survive in the Premier League with a remarkable run of results late in 2014/15, win the top tier title in 2015/16, then just miss out on the Champions League semi-finals last season.
After that little lot, this has been a year where they are maybe in transition and getting ready to build on the benefits, especially financially, of what has happened in recent seasons.
Already safe from relegation it is arguable whether Leicester have anything to play for, they are three points off Burnley in seventh, a place in the table that will probably give Europa League football, but questionable whether the Foxes would want that distraction as they look to maybe tackle the top six again next season.
What isn’t questionable is the quality and drive of Jamie Vardy.
Despite a mediocre season overall for the club, the striker is in great form and desperate to not only go to Russia in the squad, but to show he should be in the starting eleven for Gareth Southgate.
He has 15 goals in 30 Premier League games and has scored in six of the last eight he has played in.
Despite that, the last three home matches have seen Leicester draw 1-1 with each of Bournemouth, Stoke and Swansea.
Leicester’s home form is nothing special overall, only the bottom five clubs have won fewer games at their own stadium.
When it comes to goals, Leicester are seventh best with 47 but with 43 conceded are only 10th best, with both Newcastle (40) and Brighton conceding less.
The message appears to be that if you can stop Jamie Vardy scoring then you have every chance of scoring yourself and getting a positive result.
Michael Owen points out a lot of positives for Newcastle in their recent form, which has seen 10 points from a possible 15.
However, he has bottled making a prediction on who will win the game and instead gone for Jamie Vardy to make it seven scoring games from his last nine Premier League matches (which would make it nine in eleven in all competitions).
If Newcastle can stop Michael Owen having a winning bet then I fancy at least a draw and quite possibly a win, as only once in the last 10 Premier League matches have NUFC failed to score – in the defeat at Anfield.
Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:
“Newcastle are looking to win three successive PL games for the first time since September.
“Back-to-back wins have seen United move out of the danger zone, although they will not consider themselves safe just yet, a seven points cushion is a large buffer.
“Jamie Vardy has scored in eight of his last ten games in all competitions for the Foxes and the England striker is taken to maintain his excellent recent record for club and country.
“Tip is Jamie Vardy to score at anytime at 6/5.”
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