Leicester and Newcastle will get match week 35 of the Premier League started tomorrow at 12.45, in a game that could prove pivotal to both side’s attempt to secure their position in England’s top division next season.
The home team’s winning streak came to an end on Wednesday when league leaders Chelsea overturned a 1-0 Leicester lead in the first half to win 3-1 after 90 minutes. The result would have undoubtedly been good news for Newcastle and other teams around the relegation zone, but Leicester’s strong first half performance can’t be ignored as the Magpies get ready to travel to the King Power Stadium, looking to end a disastrous 7 game losing streak.
Despite Wednesday’s defeat, Leicester have found their form at just the right time, which has allowed them to move out of the bottom three, giving them hopes of Premier League survival which would have been inconceivable a few weeks back.
Newcastle on the other hand have been slowly dragged into the depths of the Premier League table and are now far away from the relatively safe spot they occupied prior to their win-less streak. But a run of 7 losses is always going to cause problems, especially towards the tail end of the season and it seems difficult to imagine where any additional points could come from.
Surely tomorrow’s game is one chance to reinforce their bid for safety, but the way the team has been playing recently, coupled with Leicester’s impressive form, it could turn out to be another disappointing day for fans of Newcastle United.
A win for Newcastle would almost certainly be enough for them to avoid the drop with 3 games to spare, providing results in other games go their way. This would be the perfect scenario, leaving Newcastle with 38 points , 8 clear of Sunderland who would be in 18th spot, although the Mackems do have an extra game left to play.
However, if Newcastle lose and all their relegation rivals win (unlikely, but possible), Newcastle will find themselves in a very precarious position come the end of this round of fixtures.
Newcastle need a win this weekend to ease the pressure going into the final three games and boost their confidence, which is at an all time low. Another loss could be catastrophic and pave their way once again to the Championship.
Looking ahead to the game, Newcastle will be starting without Siem De Jong, who impressed when coming on as a substitute against Swansea last weekend, recording his first league goal for the club. Despite completing a full 90 minutes in a reserve game during the week, John Carver insists that the Dutch international is not ready to start this weekend against Leicester. However, he could make another important contribution as a substitute.
Speaking about this weekend’s game at the King Power stadium, John Carver said,
It’s the biggest game of the weekend, and huge for both sides. We need to stop this rot and get a result.
Four weeks ago Leicester were dead and buried, but Nigel has turned them around and they are in with a chance of staying up.
Saturday is a tough game. Leicester are very well-organised, very strong and are a big, physical team.
Newcastle will be hoping for a repeat of their home fixture against the Foxes earlier on in the season where they won 1-0 and went on a 6 match winning streak in all competitions.
Meanwhile, Daryl Janmaat is said to be fit and ready to play after falling ill during the Swansea game, which will be positive news for Newcastle fans. The Dutchman has been one of very few positives to take from the 2014/15 season, but doubts remain about whether he will still be playing in Black and White come the start of next season, even if Newcastle avoid the drop.
Moussa Sissoko is back from suspension and fans will be hoping to see the best from a player who has shown signs of brilliance at times during this campaign but has also been a disappointment in certain key games.
Let’s hope the team can pull together at this time of need!