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.
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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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Stag and Hen ideas in Newcastle upon Tyne!
Whether you’re a local or planning a trip North for a stag/hen weekend trip, Newcastle is the ideal city to celebrate. There’s so much to do in the city, from a great variety of places to eat and drink, fun nights out, to ample day-time activities! Here’s a list of some of the best stag and hen ideas to pack into your stag/hen weekend in Newcastle upon Tyne, some traditional and some slightly more unique…
1/ Dance classes
Dance City in Newcastle offers amazing Hen and Stag party experiences that ensure you’ll be spending quality time with your friends before the big day. They offer a variety of different classes to suit everyone!
Try their ‘Come fly with us’ experience, for 2 hours learning how to create shapes on the trapeze, dance in the cocoons, use the silks and spin in the hoop! Or you could try their burlesque workshops and street dance classes. Their musical theatre experience provides the bride-to-be an opportunity to choose a song to perform with her friends, ready to be showcased on the big day!
It’s guaranteed to be a fun-packed day.
2/ NE Bubble football
If you want to get you and your friends involved in a hilarious, must-try activity, then try out Bubble Football, only 10 minutes away from Newcastle City centre. All players are put into zorbs and games are taught by a qualified instructor. You can compete against each other in tournaments and choose between the standard 60-minute options or up to the 120 minute option.
It’s a great activity to involve all your friends in a day-time activity to remember. They also offer goggle football (https://nebubblefootball.co.uk/gogglefootball.php) which is another great, alternative activity to try out – perfect for stag and hen dos, and combat archery.
This cross between dodgeball and paintball (using bows and foam tipped arrows) is a fun activity pitting groups against each other in an intense game with inflatable bunkers to hide behind.
It’s another great team-building activity, enabling you to spend quality time with friends and make some hilarious memories. (https://nebubblefootball.co.uk/combatarchery.php)
3/ Cocktail making classes
For a social day-time activity guaranteed to start off an evening of drinking and celebrating perfectly, get yourself and your friends to a cocktail making class!
There are absolutely loads to choose from in Newcastle, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
- All Bar One offer classic cocktail masterclasses starting at £25 each where you have the chance to mix, muddle and mash three of your own cocktails. (https://www.allbarone.co.uk/national-search/northeast/all-bar-one-newcastle/cocktailmasterclasses#/)
- Lola Jeans provide masterclasses in their hidden Speakeasy in the Newcastle venue, and you can add a grazing platter to ensure you have plenty to eat whilst making delicious cocktails (https://www.allbarone.co.uk/national-search/northeast/all-bar-one-newcastle/cocktailmasterclasses#/)
- Banyan Newcastle offers cocktail making classes with your own personal bartender starting at £30pp (https://www.banyanbar.co.uk/bars/newcastle/cocktail-masterclass)
- And finally, The Botanist offers popular masterclasses packages with games and competitions included! (https://thebotanist.uk.com/locations/newcastle/cocktail-masterclass
Plus many more…
Where to stay in the North East – North East Accommodation – Best places to stay
You don’t need to travel abroad to enjoy a relaxing and well-deserved break. The North East is home to a beautiful coastline and expansive countryside, castles and historical landmarks, lakes and reservoirs, scenic towns and villages and ample wildlife. It makes the perfect location for a weekend retreat (or a full week retreat). Ranging from action-packed holidays to romantic spa escapes, we’ve collated a list of the best hotels and places to stay in the North East to explore the fantastic, local environment. This way, you can enjoy some time off without having a crush your belongings into tiny carry-on suitcases and deal with long airport queues.
Trees at Tughall
For a true break from the city (but only an accessible hours drive from Newcastle) stay in the Trees and Tughall contemporary cabins in the Northumberland countryside. There are three cabins to choose from, Ash, Willow, and Hawthorne, each with wood burning stoves, king size beds, window seats to take in the expansive woodland views, fire pits and a covered decking. The cabins provide a perfect minimalist space to break away from the bustle of modern life and enjoy the countryside undisturbed.
Only a 30minute walk from Beadnell beach and a 30 minute drive into the cheviots, you can immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings, and on the plus side, these cabins are ideal any time of year.
The Cookie Jar Alnwick
This boutique style hotel, located in the medieval market town of Alnwick, is a luxurious, cosy retreat. A highlight is the two-tier terrace and garden where you can enjoy cocktails with friends whilst listening to gentle house background music.
There are 11, uniquely named and entirely individual bedrooms, each ranging in character and size so you can choose which one is perfect for you. It also has its own kennels, so you don’t have to leave your dogs behind!
The hotel is well placed in the Northumberland countryside so you can enjoy lots of outdoor activities. From golf to shooting, stargazing to fishing, horse-riding to walking the multiple different trails, there’s so much to do! After an exhausting day exploring in the fresh air, you can retire to the cosy hotel and enjoy delicious locally sourced food from their bistro.
TOP 5 SUNDAY ROASTS IN THE NORTH EAST
Autumn is well and truly upon us, which means it’s also the perfect time of year for a comforting Sunday roast. There is nothing more welcoming than a warming Sunday lunch to cope with the darker, cooler nights. The North East has plenty of great spots for you to try and we’ve highlighted some of the most popular and most delicious.
First up is Branches, a restaurant on the popular Osborne Road in Jesmond. They offer a contemporary elegant dining experience in their stylish, modern dining room with high quality produce sourced from local suppliers (all their meat for the Sunday dinners is sourced from a family farm and butcher that farms in Nidderdale, Moors and Vales.)
Their Sunday lunch menu is priced at £19.95 for one course, £29.95 for 2 and £31.95 for three courses. The main Sunday roasts come with crispy duck fat roast potatoes, freshly made Yorkshire puddings, cauliflower cheese and lots of vegetables. They offer chicken breast, beef, pork loin and also butternut squash risotto as a vegetarian option.
Finish off your delicious Sunday roast with a traditional and comforting British classic, sticky toffee pudding. Or, try out their blackberry and fig cheesecake complete with cinnamon marmalade, blackberry compote and spiced baby figs.
Their menu is also updated and changed regularly.
Next is Nest, offering indulgent dining in a relaxing and comfortable environment. They specialise in tasting menus throughout the week but offer roast dinners between 12-4pm on Sundays. Two courses are priced at £20 whilst three courses are £25. The restaurant can be found on Chillingham road in Heaton.
As well as offering the traditional beef, lamb, and pork Sunday lunches, they also offer different options for those in your group who don’t fancy a roast. These include handmade ricotta tortellini and pan-seared stone bass.
Nest are also renowned for their wine menu, collaborating with an excellent wine supplier, they have lots of interesting wines to enjoy with your Sunday roast.
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