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Jonny Evans says third placed Leicester have to produce against a team like Newcastle United

12 months ago
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I can’t say I have ever really been a big fan of Jonny Evans.

A very average defender and there is something about him which really annoying.

It didn’t help that disgusting spitting incident (see above) with Papiss Cisse, the Newcastle striker not innocent either.

Now at Leicester, he didn’t feature in the game in April but has been talking about the negative challenge he believes Newcastle will set them this time.

Back in April Newcastle won 1-0 with an Ayoze Perez goal and the Magpies only had 28% of the ball.

However, it was one of those games where it was perfect Rafa, yes low possession but Newcastle were actually the better team and matched the home side on the other stats – 12 Leicester shots to Newcastle’s 11, both with five on target, whilst Newcastle had one more corner.

The season before (2017/18) it was the same, Newcastle with 34% possession but actually by far the better team, both sides had eight shots but Newcastle had four on target to Leicester’s one.

Lower possession doesn’t have to be less threat and less chances, as we have seen with Steve Bruce’s very low possession football.

Rafa got the better of Brendan Rodgers shortly in April and if Steve Bruce gives us a third away win in a row at Leicester then he will deserve a lot of credit.

Sitting in third at the minute, Jonny Evans says that the Foxes have to produce against a team like Newcastle who will defend deep.

Here’s hoping Newcastle can still carry some threat and upset the odds.

Jonny Evans talking to official Leicester site:

“Our experience of Newcastle last year was that they sat in and defended deep and we found it difficult to break them down.

“That was a challenge that when the manager came to the Club, he wanted to help us in that aspect.

“Of setting our team up and being able to work teams that are going to sit in against us, which is becoming quite a common theme.

Newcastle did that very well against us last year, so I think they’ll come with the same game plan.

“They play 5-4-1, or 5-3-2 sometimes at the moment, so they’ll have a lot of players in defence trying to stop the spaces for us.

“I think it’ll be a different type of challenge, but I think it’s one that we’re looking forward to, and one that the manager wants us to be better at.

“It’s something that we’ve got to produce.”

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