Stepping out in front of a raucous St James’ Park for the final time this season, Champions League-chasing Newcastle United vs Leicester City to Tyneside for Monday night’s Premier League showdown.
- Location: Newcastle, England
- Stadium: St James’ Park
- Date: Monday 22 May
- Kick-off Time: 20:00 BST / 15:00 ET / 12:00 PT
- Referee: Andre Marriner
- VAR: Darren England
Newcastle vs Leicester: Match Preview
Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United have been playing some amazing football and are now on the verge of securing Champions League qualification. The result will also impact direct opponents Leicester City on matchday 37 of the PL.
If the home side, Newcastle United secure a win, they will become the third side to secure UCL spot this season. The first two sides are – Manchester City and Arsenal FC. While the home fans eager to celebrate this feat, it might lead to misery for the away fans as Leicester can witness relegation at St. James’ Park.
Leicester are 19th in the Premier League table. With Southampton’s relegation confirmed, they can become the second outfit to lose PL status in the 2022-23 season. If they lose to The Magpies it’s all over for Dean Smith’s Leicester City. However, if neither Everton nor Leeds win their respective games, The Foxes relegation battle can go down to last Matchday where they will face West Ham at the King Power Stadium.
Midfielder Joe Willock’s season is over because of a hamstring injury, while Joelinton will also face a late fitness test because of a knock which is not currently thought to be serious enough to impact his involvement here
Sean Longstaff and Jacob Murphy both remain out – the former’s absence proving particularly problematic in a light midfield.
Kelechi Iheanacho is expected to be involved in some capacity after overcoming a groin issue but this game could come too soon for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, who is pushing to shake off a foot injury.
Caglar Soyuncu and Ryan Bertrand both remain unavailable.
Newcastle vs Leicester: Facts
- A win for The Magpies will let home fans celebrate return of Champions League football.
- The last time Newcastle qualified for UCL was in 2001-02 season.
- A win for The Foxes will help them stay afloat in PL until they face West Ham on matchday 38.
Newcastle predicted lineup (4-3-3): Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Anderson, Guimaraes, Joelinton; Almiron, Wilson, Isak
Leicester predicted lineup (4-3-3): Iversen; Ricardo, Faes, Evans, Castagne; Ndidi, Soumare, Tielemans; Maddison, Vardy, Barnes
NEW vs LEI: Fantasy XI
Pope; Trippier, Faes, Botman, Burn, Guimaraes, Joelinton, Maddison, Vardy, Barnes, Isak.