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Newcastle United have nothing to fear but fear itself

2 months ago
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Newcastle United now head into an all but impossible December schedule of Premier League matches.

Well, at least that is what we are all supposed to believe apparently.

As I see it though, Newcastle United have nothing to fear but fear itself.

Take this next game up against Leicester City.

Here are a few actual FACTS to consider:

Leicester have won only three of their last twelve Premier League matches.

They are in the bottom half (eleventh) of the table.

Leicester have conceded in all 14 Premier League matches since the opening day of the season.

They have a Europa League game away at Napoli tonight, whilst Newcastle will have eight days between the Burnley match and Sunday’s at the King Power. Leicester need to get at least a draw to ensure they qualify from their Europa League group.

In actual fact, Leicester will have played twice since NUFC last did, having lost to Aston Villa on Sunday.

Only two Premier League clubs (Watford and Newcastle!) have conceded more goals at home than Leicester’s total of 13.

Newcastle United have won three of their last four PL matches at the King Power.

Brendan Rodgers revealed on Wednesday that seven players had been unable to travel to the Napoli match due to either illness or having tested positive for Covid.

This season, Leicester City have failed to beat Southampton, Villa, Burnley, Leeds and Crystal Palace.

By Sunday, Leicester will have already played 23 matches this season, compared to only 16 for Newcastle.

Leicester have only picked up five points from their last six PL games, Newcastle have picked up six points in their last five.

I will repeat, heading into Sunday’s match, Newcastle United have nothing to fear but fear itself.

Not a case of complacency, more one of playing the reality.

No doubt, Steve Bruce would have given the players at least half of the days off ahead of this match and then set us up to defend around our box.

Newcastle will be facing a Leicester side who do have some quality players of course…but they haven’t been great this season, they have the third worst form in the Premier League over the past six games, they will be missing players due to testing covid and possibly other illness, very likely that Brendan Rodgers will not be able to play certain players if he starts them tonight against Napoli, they concede goals (for example, last three PL games have seen Watford, Southampton and Villa all score twice).

Eddie Howe will have had eight days between matches to fully prepare his team, is likely to have an almost full squad to choose form, plus he will get them on the front foot in this game for sure, against a team who won’t be full strength and who won’t be 100% physically. On the other hand, Newcastle United are looking far fitter now thanks to the amount and quality of the time Eddie Howe has had them working.

Newcastle United could be outside the relegation zone if winning at Leicester ( as they have done three of the last four) and that would be just massive for morale, confidence and momentum.

This is a very winnable game and if Newcastle United do what they did last weekend against Burnley, get on the attack and create chances and keep it pretty tight at the back, this could be a massive win for NUFC.

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