Newcastle v Leicester Betting Tips
Whenever a manager takes over at a football club they need a big win to kick things off and get the fans on board.
For Claude Puel, that came with Leicester’s 2-1 win over Tottenham last week. He was greeted with only a lukewarm reaction from the Foxes’ fans but if he can keep them as stable at the back as they were at Spurs while retaining their threat from counterattacks, he’ll soon win over the doubters.
Leicester built on their performance against Spurs with another home win over Burnley on the weekend but on Saturday they’ll be tested on the road as they take on Newcastle in the North East.
The Magpies desperately need to end a run of just one point from their last six matches. Rafa Benitez’s popularity on Tyneside remains sky high but he knows he must quickly end Newcastle’s downward spiral of poor results and low morale.
The passionate St James’ Park crowd tips the balance in favour of Newcastle when it comes to the bookies’ odds but Leicester love nothing more than spoiling the party which exactly what they did when the two last met in the North East.
Spoils to be Shared Under the Lights
Newcastle’s poor recent defensive record will be of most concern to Rafa Benitez. He prides himself on making his team very difficult to beat but the 3-1 defeat against Chelsea was the fourth time in a row that Newcastle have conceded two or more goals.
Benitez is hopeful he’ll be able to recall Jamaal Lascelles into the heart of his defence but even with the addition of the Newcastle captain, we expect Leicester to score.
The Foxes have scored in all but one of their last eight fixtures and have both Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez back to somewhere near their best.
Those two are set to cause panic in the Newcastle defence on Saturday evening but we think the home side will be able to fight fire with fire so back both teams to score at 5/6 with 10Bet.
We also think the draw is worth a play at 58/25 with Marathonbet.
Leicester are in much better form than their hosts but they’ve won just one game away from the King Power Stadium this season. Moreover, they’ve drawn four of their five away games against teams in the bottom half and 58/25 looks a good price about the same outcome this time around.
Take a Chance on Goals
While Newcastle’s defence has given Benitez cause for alarm, he’ll be confident that’s a problem he can sort out. Their lack of quality in attacking positions is another matter entirely.
Benitez can do all the work on attacking shape and plans that he wants on the training ground but ultimately he has to rely on his players putting the chances away.
In that regard, he’ll be happy that Dwight Gayle pounced to give Newcastle the lead away to Chelsea and with the way the Magpies rallied to come back from two goals down against West Brom.
Backed by another huge home crowd, Newcastle will put pressure on Leicester and could well grab more than one goal.
From a betting point of view, that leads us to believe over 2.5 goals is good value at 21/20 with William Hill.
For a bigger risk/reward option, try backing the 2-2 correct score at 14/1 with Bet365.
Newcastle to Battle Back for a Point
The Newcastle players will have to show great determination in order to avoid dropping straight back into the Championship.
They’ll probably need to display those battling qualities just to avoid another defeat on Saturday.
Leicester, riding on a high current, have every chance of taking the lead at 11/10 with Betfair. However, Newcastle can give their fans something to cheer about by fighting back for a point in the latter stages so back the Leicester/Draw option in BetVictor’s half-time/ full-time market at 17/1.
Top Betting Offers
Match result draw at 58/25 with Marathonbet
Both teams to score at 5/6 with 10Bet
Over 2.5 goals at 21/20 with William Hill
2-2 correct score at 14/1 with Bet365
Leicester to score first at 11/10 with Betfair
Leicester/Draw in half time/full time at 17/1 with BetVictor