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Match of The Day commentator notes ahead of Leicester v Newcastle and killer facts

12 months ago
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Ahead of the game this afternoon, Match of The Day commentator Steve Bower has been analysing the Leicester v Newcastle match.

Despite only games gone, this is a big game at both the top and bottom.

Leicester will go third with a win, whilst defeat for Newcastle would ensure they stayed second bottom.

No prizes for guessing which of the two is a club ran on ambitious lines.

Leicester have only lost one game at home since February and ironically that was to Newcastle in April, another Rafa Benitez tactical masterclass.

Indeed, the Foxes have only lost three of 16 games since 3 March 2019, the other two being single goal defeats away to the two Manchester clubs.

Steve Bower saying about Leicester and contrasting that with Newcastle under Steve Bruce: ‘They have a clear identity and players that genuinely excite. Suffice to say Newcastle aren’t yet close to being included in that bracket after their change of manager in the summer.’

Only four goals in six Premier League games under Bruce, Rafa Benitez managed that many goals in is final NUFC game away at Fulham. Indeed, once he had the tools (Almiron signed to play with Rondon and Perez, Newcastle scored 21 goals in the last 13 games including 10 goals in the final four matches.

When it comes to ‘identity’ with this Newcastle team, nobody has a clue what it is at the moment, least of all Steve Bruce. His frequent changes of tactics confusing the players even more and it looking a case of him just hoping that he accidentally stumbles across something that works.

Match of The Day commentator’s notes:

Steve Bower:

“Newcastle are the only visiting team to win a league game at the King Power Stadium since Brendan Rodgers took charge.

“But plenty has changed since that victory for Rafael Benitez’s team.

“Leicester look stronger after a pre-season under their manager and last weekend’s victory over Spurs will add to their belief that they can break into the top six.

“They have a clear identity and players that genuinely excite.

Suffice to say Newcastle aren’t yet close to being included in that bracket after their change of manager in the summer.

“You can feel Steve Bruce’s passion and determination when you speak to him.

“Though his team require more than that at the moment.

“These two drew after 90 minutes in the League Cup last month.

Newcastle would be much the happier with a repeat scoreline.”

Killer Facts:

‘Newcastle have won their last two league matches at Leicester, having been victorious in just two of the previous 10.’

‘Leicester have won 18 Premier League points from losing positions since the start of last season, a tally bettered only by Liverpool (19).’

‘The Foxes have won just two of their last 18 Premier League matches on Sundays and have lost both of their previous Sunday games with Newcastle (in 1994 and 1997).’

‘Newcastle have won just one of their seven matches this season in all competitions.’

‘The last time they scored multiple goals was in their final match under Rafael Benitez, a 4-0 win at Fulham in May.’

‘Steve Bruce is without a victory in his last six games as a manager against Leicester since a 2-1 victory in the Championship with Birmingham City in April 2007.’

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