Paul Merson – Newcastle United in trouble…Leicester all over the place
Nothing gets past Paul Merson…
Looking ahead to Sunday’s match at the King Power, the former Arsenal star says second bottom of the table ‘Newcastle have got to highlight the importance of this game.’
Well, with Liverpool and then Man City to follow, not to mention Man Utd after that, I think Newcastle United will most definitely be looking at this game as a one where they could very likely pick up a point…or better.
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. Adding to the problems for the Foxes of having so many games compared to Newcastle United, when the pair meet on Sunday, Leicester will have already played 23 times this season compared to 16 for the visitors.
Indeed, Eddie Howe has had over a week to prepare his team since beating Burnley, whilst Leicester have played twice since that last NUFC match, losing to Villa on Sunday and playing away at Napoli on Thursday night in a game where they have / had to get at least a draw to ensure they qualify from their Europa League group.
Leicester have won only three of their last twelve Premier League matches and have conceded in all 14 Premier League matches since the opening day of the season. Whilst Newcastle have scored at least once in 12 of their 15 Premier League games.
Only two Premier League clubs have conceded more goals at home than Leicester’s total of 13, whilst Leicester have only picked up five points from their last six PL games – Newcastle have picked up six points in their last five.
Even Paul Merson concedes that this season ‘Leicester are all over the place at the moment…’
Leicester fans have been gutted to finish ‘only’ fifth in each of the last two seasons and miss out on Champions League football but this time they look far off that form. Eleventh in the table and they have failed to win 10 of their 15 PL matches.
Despite all of the above, the Paul Merson verdict is that ‘Brendan Rodgers should be able to lead his team to a victory.’
Maybe he / they will BUT what I do know is that this is a game where if Newcastle United approach it in the right way, they could well surprise Paul Merson and many others, especially having won on three of the last four visits.
Paul Merson speaking to sportskeeda:
“Newcastle have got to highlight the importance of this game.
“At the start of the Premier League season, you’d think this would be a tough game for them.
“Now, you’re going to Leicester expecting to score at least one goal.
“There’s no point playing for a draw – Newcastle need to have a go, score goals, and hope their defenders keep it tight.
“They’re in trouble at the moment and they need to make this game count.
“Leicester are all over the place at the moment but with Newcastle’s problems this season, Brendan Rodgers should be able to lead his team to a victory.
“Prediction: Leicester City 2-1 Newcastle United.”
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