Our prediction for this Premier League match:
King Power Stadium will host the Boxing Day game between Leicester City and Newcastle United. The Foxes aim to build on back-to-back wins over Everton and West Ham, and they must be high on spirits ahead of the visit of Newcastle. All Amartey, Tielemans, and Castagne are back from international duty, while the likes of Justin, Soyuncu, Bertrand, and Ricardo should miss out with injuries.
The Magpies, on the other hand, have been impressive in the first half of the season, with the team sitting in the Champions League berth after 17 rounds. Newcastle are on a five-match winning run in the English top flight, and they are surely capable of matching Brendan Rodgers’ troops on the road. Taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. As for the away team, Alexander Isak has yet to overcome his injury, with defenders Paul Dummett and Emil Krafth missing out as well.
Highlighted Player (Jamie Vardy):
Spending his early career playing no-league football, Jamie Vardy made the headlines when he joined Leicester City in a £1 million deal in 2012, but little did he know that he would go on to become a genuine Premier League star just three years later.
The experienced forward helped the Foxes gain promotion to the elite division and then score more than 20 goals as they mounted an unlikely title bid, earning worldwide acclaim as well as a place in the England squad. Vardy went on to score his first two goals for the Three Lions in March 2016 friendlies, with his back-heel goal against Germany in Berlin seeing him instantly become a fans’ favourite.
Over the years, Vardy has earned a reputation as a striker who never gives up and can be a real menace for opposition defenders, but his excellent goalscoring record and good link-up play are enough to suggest he can be described as a mix of old-style pacey forwards and modern strikers.
Highlighted Team (Newcastle):
Newcastle United failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and, as a result, they dropped to the English second tier. The Magpies will host their rivals at their St. James’ Park in the 2016/2017 Championship campaign and it has to be noted that the capacity of the stadium is 52,354.
Newcastle United have won four domestic trophies (1904/1905, 1906/1907, 1908/1909, 1926/1927), while lifting six FA Cup titles (1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952, 1955) and a number of star players were part of the St. James’ Park outfit in the past.
David Ginola, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer, Les Ferdinand, Nolberto Solano, Gary Speed, Obafemi Martins and Kevin Nolan are notable footballers who are still remembered at the club. Newcastle’s fiercest rivals are Sunderland and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Tyne-Wear derby. The color of Newcastle’s home kit is black and white.