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Michael Owen gets in early with double prediction for Leicester v Newcastle United

12 months ago
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Michael Owen has taken an early look at Sunday’s game at the King Power.

An interesting fixture for all kinds of reasons.

No doubt plenty of prominence will be given to Ayoze Perez before the match, the striker having scored two cracking winners at the King Power these past two seasons.

A long range lob to win it in 2017/18 and then a super header last season.

Things hadn’t really taken off so far for Perez since his summer move and indeed he had been dropped for two games to the bench. However, recalled on Saturday he played really well in helping Leicester beat Tottenham, so he should keep his place.

Ayoze Perez also made the first goal last night as Leicester hammered Luton 4-0 in the League Cup, the striker denied a first Leicester goal of his own when seemingly wrongly called offside.

Leicester have some really good players and a lack of consistency is what has held them back. However, Brendan Rodgers is showing signs of maybe taking them up a level.

It is third top against fourth bottom on Sunday and their improved consistency is backed up by the fact that they have only lost one home game in the past seven months and that was in April when Ayoze Perez scored the only goal of the game.

Indeed, in their last 17 games (all competitions) the Foxes have only lost two other games, both 1-0 in games away at Man City and Man Utd.

Michael Owen goes for a Leicester win but adds another prediction, that there will be less than three goals in the game.

Owen’s argument for that is: ‘The Foxes may have to be patient against a well-organised and resilient Magpies’ side.’

I would like to agree with that but against Brighton it was simply their lack of quality and confidence in front of goal that kept the game goalless, the visitors cutting through the Newcastle lines repeatedly.

Newcastle fans will be intrigued to see exactly how the team are set out on Sunday.

Bizarrely, after the draw with Brighton, Steve Bruce claimed Newcastle’s problems this season had been because NUFC had been too attack minded and open. This despite the ultra-negative tactics used in games so far, with only 29% possession against Brighton and under 32% on average in all games.

Now that Steve Bruce is saying that this supposed too open and attacking football has to stop, maybe that is what we could end up getting finally.

Sunday is a day when I haven’t got a clue how Newcastle will play but very difficult to imagine Leicester won’t score at least two, maybe more, whilst very very difficult to see Newcastle scoring more than one.

I hope I’m wrong and we will see a different Newcastle United on Sunday compared to what we have seen so far this season.

Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:

“Leicester came from behind to beat Spurs at the King Power on Saturday and I expect the Foxes to follow up against a Newcastle side who had their opportunities, but were largely second best, at home to Brighton at the weekend.

“The Foxes may have to be patient against a well-organised and resilient Magpies’ side, but I believe the hosts will take maximum points.

“Tip: Leicester to win and under 2.5 goals 9/4)”

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