Soccer tips: Leicester vs Newcastle - Magpies can earn point at faltering Foxes

Eddie Howe’s visitors can build on their first win of the campaign by banking a draw against the inconsistent hosts on Sunday afternoon.

After finally getting their first Premier League win of the season at the 15th time of asking last week, Newcastle fans will be hoping 'waiting for a bus' theory kicks in at Leicester on Sunday and a second comes along straight away.

To be honest, it's not the worst fixture they could have been presented with to fulfil that wish.

Fast starters in the last two campaigns, Leicester are only 11th in the current table and victory for Newcastle would put Eddie Howe's men just six points behind the Foxes.

When: Sunday, December 12, 14.00 GMT

Where: King Power Stadium

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Best bets for Leicester vs Newcastle

Draw at 14/5

Newcastle to score first at 8/5

Callum Wilson to score first at 19/4

James Maddison to score at 23/10

After three games on the road which resulted in defeats at Aston Villa and Napoli along with a draw at Southampton, Leicester should be glad of the return to the King Power.

While they've won just two of their last nine games in all competitions, at least those victories came in front of their own fans.

They found the net plenty of times too, beating Legia Warsaw 3-1 and Watford 4-2.

However, scoring goals isn't their problem. Leicester have racked up 12 in their last five games to prove that they have plenty of verve going forward.

But their defensive stats make grim reading.

Brendan Rodgers hasn't been able to fix Leicester's defence

Brendan Rodgers' men have conceded in each of their last 16 matches in all competitions, while they haven't managed a Premier League clean sheet at home since opening day in August.

In fact, Leicester have conceded at least twice in each of their last five Premier League home games.

Newcastle obviously haven't been pulling up any trees this season but, after getting their first top-flight win of the campaign last week, there is scope to build on that victory over Burnley.

Last three meetings

Leicester 2-4 Newcastle (May 7, 2021)

A win for the home side would have put them in golden position to claim a Champions League spot but they fluffed their lines badly against the lively visitors.

Joe Willock put Steve Bruce's men in front on 22 and Paul Dummett's header made it 2-0 at half-time.

With Newcastle continually dangerous on the break, a Callum Wilson double powered them into a shock 4-0 lead and goals for the hosts from Marc Albrighton and Kelechi Iheanacho proved too little too late.

Newcastle 1-2 Leicester (January 3, 2021)

Leicester were flying high when they headed to Newcastle in early 2021 and victory moved them into third place and just a point behind top spot.

James Maddison thundered home the opener on 55 minutes and Youri Tielemans curled in a second on 72 to put Rodgers' men in the driving seat.

Andy Carroll popped up eight minutes from time to volley in his first goal since rejoining Newcastle in August 2019 but it proved a mere consolation.

Newcastle 0-3 Leicester (January 1, 2020)

The away side has won this fixture on seven of the last eight occasions and this New Year's Day result gave Leicester their fourth straight win at St James' Park.

Former Newcastle man Ayoze Perez opened the scoring on 26 and Maddison blasted in a second just three minutes later.

The Magpies had to play most of the second half with 10 men after losing four players to injury and Hamza Choudhury compounded their misery with a third near the end.

Past 10 meetings

Leicester wins: 6

Draws: 1

Newcastle wins: 3

Leicester goals: 20

Newcastle goals: 11

Magpies can strike first blow but draw looks best overall

The King Power has certainly been a happy hunting ground for Newcastle.

They won 4-2 there back in May and also returned north with all three points in two of the previous three campaigns.

Leicester have problems in defence and often those deficiencies are exposed early.

The Foxes have conceded the first goal in six of their last nine matches in all comps while, by contrast, Newcastle have slotted in the opener in three of their last four.

Put those two stats together and there's definite scope to back Newcastle to grab the game's first goal at 8/5.

Callum Wilson looks a good bet to put Newcastle in front

The big question is whether that will be enough to propel them to victory.

I have my doubts. Leicester are still potent going forward and it's hard to see a single goal being enough for the visitors.

Having said that, Leicester's unreliable rearguard makes the hosts iffy betting material to get the win at just 3/4.

This fixture is due a stalemate and only three teams in the top division have racked up more away draws than Newcastle this season.

Howe's men want wins to pull them away from the relegation zone but a point here can still be spun positively.

With no great trust in either, I'll back the draw at 14/5.

Goalscorer bets for Leicester vs Newcastle

This is a good market to play given how many goals are scored at both ends in Leicester games.

The hosts have conceded seven headed goals in the Premier League this season which could make them vulnerable from set pieces.

It means Newcastle's big defenders are worth looking at but, in terms of reliability, there's only one man to turn to and that's Callum Wilson.

Despite his stop-start career at Newcastle, when the striker is free from injury he puts the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis.

One in two is normally a healthy rate but Wilson operates above that and has eight goals in his last 12 Premier League games for Newcastle.

To do that in a struggling team is mightily impressive.

Howe knows him well from their Bournemouth days of course and has watched his frontman net in each of the last two games. He also scored twice at the King Power last season.

Wilson has bagged the opener five times in the Premier League this term so there's good reason to be ambitious and back him for first goal at 19/4 above the basic, but still worthy, 29/20 for anytime.

For Leicester, James Maddison looks to be the value play to score anytime at 23/10.

James Maddison can find the net

The No. 10 has bounced back to form of late, scoring three times in his last five starts.

That run includes goals in each of his last two home matches - the 3-1 win over Legia and the 4-2 victory against Watford.

He also wheeled away in celebration when scoring the opener in Leicester's 2-1 win at St James' Park last season and has three goals in his last four starts against Newcastle.

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