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MATCH PREVIEW – Leicester City vs Newcastle United: Howe’s side head looking to build on first win



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Newcastle United face a difficult trip to the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon to face Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester (2pm Kick-Off) and will be looking to build on their first league win last weekend over Burnley.

Howe’s side currently sit in 19th position and have the third worst defensive record in the Premier League as Leicester look to bounce-back from their disappointing 2-1 away defeat to Aston Villa last Sunday.

Newcastle completed a memorable 4-2 victory last time out at the King Power and will be looking to put the Leicester defence under pressure once again as the Foxes have struggled at the back so far this term.

The most recent evidence of Leicester’s defensive woes came in midweek as they crashed out of the Europa League following the 3-2 defeat to Napoli on Thursday night. Howe’s side should be full of confidence following their win over the Clarets.

The Magpies are expected to name an unchanged team with Ciaran Clark back in contention following his suspension after his red-card against the Canaries.

Brentford’s victory over Watford last night is bound to give the visitors a boost, knowing a win could help them close the gap on the 17th placed Hornets. This clash on Sunday involves two of the leakiest defences in the division and could therefore be filled with goals as both sides look to claim the three points come 2pm.

Newcastle do possess the worst away record in the division, posting just three points from seven games, but draws at Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion are still fresh in the memory.

Leicester having now conceded at least twice in their last four top-flight games and that stat will be music to Newcastle’s ears as they look to make it back-to-back wins.

Since Howe arrived, Newcastle have been far more adventurous in their play which is evident in the amount of corners being won, alongside the number of efforts on goal. Against Brentford they won eight corners and 10 in the win over Burnley.

Facing a defensively vulnerable Leicester side should provide a huge opportunity for the Mags to threaten goalkeeper Schmeichel if the visitors are able to yield the same type of numbers.

Leicester have been extremely poor when defending corners and have the worst record in the league for conceding at set-pieces.

The Covid-19 outbreak at Leicester had put this game in doubt but following the Foxes’ trip to Italy in midweek, the game is expected to go ahead.

New regulations have been implemented for the fixture after the government introduced their Plan B for tackling the new Omicron variant of the virus. Fans in attendance must have an up-to-date Covid passport showing they are double jabbed, a negative test result within 48 of Kick-Off or evidence that they are exempt.

Random checks will be carried out at the ground.




Head-to-Head stats courtesy of Opta:

  • None of the last 13 Premier League meetings between Leicester and Newcastle have been drawn, with the Foxes winning eight of these (L5).
  • Leicester have conceded a league-high seven headed goals in the Premier League this season, while only Burnley and Chelsea (6 each) have netted more headers than Newcastle so far this term (5).
  • Newcastle United have won three of their last four matches at the King Power Stadium and have troubled Leicester City in the recent past.


Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe hopes to have Fabian Schar and Ryan Fraser available. The Swiss international missed training at the start of the week but is expected to return after the rib injury he sustained against Burnley.

Fraser missed out on Newcastle’s first win with some tightness in his hamstring. Paul Dummet is set to miss out again and isn’t expected back until the new year. Ciaran Clark returns from suspension.

Howe might go for a more defensive option in the middle of the park with Isaac Hayden potentially replacing Willock who is yet to replicate his form from last season. However, the Newcastle manager is expected to name an unchanged starting eleven for the first time this term.

For Leicester, Youri Tielemans returned from a five-match absence with a calf injury in Naples and is expected to be involved again.

With several players missing due to coronavirus and illness, Rodgers will likely have to choose from the Leicester players who featured in the squad versus Napoli.

Kelechi Iheanacho, Ayoze Perez, Jannik Vestergaard, Daniel Amartey, Ademola Lookman, Filip Benkovic and Vontae Daley-Campbell are all expected to miss out once again due to coronavirus concerns and illness that is spreading at the club.

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has been directly involved in 25 goals in his last 18 Premier League appearances and will be looking to threaten the scores when the Magpies visit on Sunday afternoon.


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The Players Newcastle United could/should sign from Saudi



Newcastle United Saudi Arabia transfer ban

Newcastle United has received a green light to pursue players from the Saudi Pro League after a proposed Premier League vote to restrict loan moves between clubs with shared owners fell short of the required support. This decision opens up possibilities for Newcastle to strengthen their squad in January, targeting talents from clubs linked with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. Despite initial discussions to potentially bar such transfers, the recent vote outcome has cleared the way for Newcastle to explore signings.


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A recent meeting among the Premier League’s 20 clubs concluded without the necessary majority support to impose a ban on loan transfers between co-owned clubs. While 13 teams voted in favor of the prohibition, the requirement of 14 votes for approval was not met, granting Newcastle the liberty to pursue players from the Saudi Pro League.

This development particularly benefits Newcastle’s pursuit of Al Hilal midfielder Ruben Neves, whom they’ve eyed as a potential replacement for Sandro Tonali. Neves, despite significant interest from the Premier League, is expected to remain with Al Hilal during the upcoming January transfer window. The Athletic’s David Ornstein reports that despite ongoing speculation, Neves is content and settled at Al Hilal, playing a pivotal role within the team. His projected stay until the season’s end indicates his commitment to Al Hilal’s cause, especially crucial following Neymar’s injury.

Although ties between Newcastle and Al Hilal, sharing the same majority shareholder in Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), sparked concerns about potential rule changes, as of now, no alterations have been enforced. Speculation regarding a Premier League vote to block such moves in the winter market hasn’t materialized into action. Consequently, Neves looks set to continue his journey with Al Hilal, with no reported negotiations or approaches from interested parties.

Al Hilal’s impressive position atop the Saudi Pro League standings, coupled with their progress in tournaments like the AFC Champions League and the King’s Cup, further solidifies Neves’ integral role within the team. Their dominance, evident in their substantial lead over second-place Al Nassr, underscores their strength even with the latter boasting talents like Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ultimately, Newcastle’s access to the Saudi Pro League remains unimpeded, potentially paving the way for significant acquisitions in the upcoming transfer window.



  • Ruben Neves
  • Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
  • Aleksandr Mitrovic


  • Seko Fofana
  • Marcelo Brozovic
  • Aymeric Laporte


  • N’Golo Kante
  • Fabinho
  • Jota


  • Franck Kessie
  • Gabri Veiga
  • Riyad Mahrez

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MISSING North East Teenager – Police Appeal



Missing North East Teenager - Police appeal
#MISSING We are appealing for your help as we look to locate a missing teenager.
Evie Coulter, who is 15, was last seen out walking in the North Seaton area of Ashington, in Northumberland, at 6.15pm yesterday.
Officers and her family are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.
Evie is described as white, 5ft 7in tall, of slim build with long brown hair which is often worn in a bun with a fringe.
When she was last seen she was wearing black leggings, a black Nike jumper with a white tick on it, black trainers, and a black ‘puffa’ style jacket.
Evie is known to frequent the local McDonald’s and Asda stores in Ashington.
📲 Anyone with information on Evie’s whereabouts should call us immediately on 101, quoting reference number NP-20231118-1214.

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FA take action against Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta over “disgrace” comments



The Football Association has taken a stand against Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, for his contentious remarks following Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Newcastle. Arteta’s strong criticisms of the officiating during the match have led to action from the FA.

Arteta’s comments, wherein he labeled the officiating as a “disgrace” and expressed feeling “sick” after the defeat to Newcastle, have landed him in hot water. The FA has charged Arteta under FA Rule E3.1 for his post-match statements, alleging that they constitute misconduct by being insulting towards match officials, detrimental to the game, and bringing the game into disrepute. Arteta has until November 21 to respond to this charge.

During a post-match interview with Sky Sports, Arteta passionately criticized the officiating, emphasizing his belief that Arsenal did not deserve to lose the game due to what he deemed as clear and obvious decisions going against his team. He expressed his frustration by calling the situation embarrassing and a disgrace, defending his players and his job.

Despite widespread condemnation of Arteta’s remarks, Arsenal issued a statement less than 24 hours after the game, standing by Arteta’s comments and criticizing the refereeing and VAR errors. The club voiced support for Arteta’s post-match stance, emphasizing the need for higher officiating standards in the Premier League and urging the governing body responsible for referees to take urgent action.

Arteta’s vocal criticism and Arsenal’s subsequent support have sparked a contentious debate about the state of officiating in the league, highlighting the need for improvements to ensure fairness and credibility in football matches.


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