Newcastle fans have had to endure a torrid start to the season, and after three losses and four draws, find themselves struggling the relegation places of the Premier League. The Toon Army, never shy in getting things off their chest, have made their feelings known towards manager Alan Pardew and the Newcastle board, as the Geordie faithful’s patience runs increasingly thin.
However if the history books were to suggest one fixture that could change Newcastle’s fortunes, a home tie against Leicester City could just do the trick.
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In 58 meetings between these two sides in Newcastle, Leicester can boast of just seven wins since originally playing away in 1894. The Toon Army have won 39 and drawn 12 – giving the a win rate of 67 per cent, and an unbeaten rate of 88 per cent. Not too shabby. The record stands up through the years – and purely on Premier League form Newcastle have won seven of their nine home games against the Foxes, losing just once in 2000. The history books (or the internet as it is now commonly known) suggest that this is Newcastle’s game to lose, however the odds tell a different story with both sides priced up at 23/10.
Leicester have bounded into the Premier League in flying form. The newly-promoted side have taken points off Everton and Arsenal as well as coming from 3-1 down to famously beat Man Utd 5-3. That leaves Nigel Pearson’s side in 12th spot, a relatively comfy five points above the drop zone. However their best results tend to come at home. On the road this season they’ve lost to Chelsea and Crystal Palace, but nicked three points off Stoke. It’s hardly going to put a downer on their mood, but they’re certainly a more threatening outfit at home.
Newcastle similarly have been relatively strong at home. Well, when we say strong, they’ve been better at St James’ Park than on the road. In the last 10 away games Newcastle have picked up just five points from a possible 30, in their last 10 at home they’ve picked up 11 points. More than doubly better at home then, although still not exactly brilliant.
Will the Geordies continue their dominance at home against Leicester, or can the Foxes bite back? History favours Newcastle, but the form book leans towards Leicester. The draw looks even more tempting at 12/5.