Leicester will welcome Newcastle to the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day, with all the action exclusively live on talkSPORT.
The Foxes face the most in-form team in the Premier League with Eddie Howe’s side rampant in the opening half of the season.
The Magpies have won their last seven games in all competitions and sit third in the top-flight ahead of the Christmas period.
Brendan Rodgers will have a tough task on his hands in what will be his 300th Premier League game as a manager.
But Leicester have turned things around after a torrid start to the campaign but do not boast a good record on Boxing Day, only winning one of their last eight festive fixtures.
Leicester vs Newcastle: talkSPORT coverage
This Premier League clash will take place on Monday, December 26.
Kick-off at the King Power Stadium is scheduled for 3pm.
talkSPORT will provide EXCLUSIVE coverage of the game presented by Adrian Durham, who will keep you updated on the scores around the grounds.
Commentary of the game will then come from Ian Danter and former Scotland striker Chris Iwelumo.
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Leicester vs Newcastle: Team news
Leicester XI: Ward, Castagne, Amartey, Faes, Thomas, Tielemans, Soumare, Dewsbury-Hall, Praet, Barnes, Daka.
Subs: Iversen, Vestergaard, Soyuncu, Mendy, Perez, Ndidi, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Vardy.
Newcastle XI: Pope, Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn, Longstaff, Guimaraes, Willock, Almiron, Joelinton, Wood.
Subs: Darlow, Lascelles, Manquillo, Targett, Ritchie, Anderson, Fraser, Murphy, Saint-Maximin.
Leicester vs Newcastle: What has been said?
Newcastle boss Howe has been speaking about the effect the World Cup break has had on his team.
He said: “We have had players away that haven’t had a lot of football.
“You can train as much as you want but nothing replicates the games.
“We have had some friendlies but even those games, they’re not competitive. It is difficult to replicate.”
Leicester vs Newcastle: Match facts
- Miguel Almirón has been involved in eight goals in his last eight Premier League games for Newcastle, with the Paraguayan scoring seven and assisting Joe Willock’s winner against Chelsea last time out.
- Leicester’s Harvey Barnes has scored six Premier League goals this season (including four in his last five games), only netting more in 2020-21 (9). He’s scored in all five of Leicester’s Premier League wins this season, one of just two players to score in every one of his side’s wins this term (along with Leeds’ Rodrigo).
- This will be Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers’ 300th Premier League game in charge, just the second Northern Irishman to reach this number after Martin O’Neill (359). Each of the last four managers to reach 300 Premier League games have lost their milestone match, most recently Roy Hodgson in November 2019.
- Only Claudio Ranieri and Graeme Souness (7 each) have managed more Premier League games on Boxing Day without ever winning than Newcastle boss Eddie Howe (5 – D3 L2).
- Newcastle are on the longest current winning run in the Premier League, emerging victorious in each of their last five. They last won six in a row in the top-flight in March/April 2012 under Alan Pardew.
- Having conceded 22 goals in their opening seven Premier League games this season, Leicester have conceded just three in their last eight, keeping six clean sheets in the process. The Foxes are looking to win three consecutive league games for the first time since January 2021.
- Newcastle have lost their last six league games played on Boxing Day, since beating Stoke 5-1 in 2013. The last team to lose more consecutively on this day in the top four tiers of English football were Walsall (7 between 1949 and 1957).
- Since returning to the Premier League in 2014, Leicester have won just one of their eight games played on Boxing Day (D1 L6), with that coming in 2018 against eventual champions Manchester City.
- Newcastle have won two of their last three Premier League games against Leicester (L1), as many as they had in their previous 10 (L8). They’ve won three of their last five at the King Power Stadium, but have lost the other two by 5-0 and 4-0 scorelines.
- After winning just three of their first 17 Premier League meetings with Newcastle (D5 L9), Leicester have now won nine of their last 13 against the Magpies (L4).
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