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Newcastle’s Premier League battle with Leicester on Sunday expected to go ahead as Foxes face Napoli this evening



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Following news earlier this week that Leicester City had been hit with a Covid-19 outbreak, their Europa League clash with Napoli is set to go ahead on Thursday evening. 

Subsequently, the Foxes’ clash at the King Power on Sunday afternoon with Newcastle United is expected to go ahead despite seven first team players and three staff members testing positive for Covid at the Midlands club.

The positive cases haven’t travelled to Naples for the game this evening – Kelechi Iheanacho, Ademola Lookman, Daniel Amartey and Jannik Vestergaard are among those who were not on the plane.

Sky Sports News have reported the situation is not comparable with the one at Tottenham, but Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers did confirm ten positive cases ahead of their Europa League battle.

Should Leicester lose the European clash with Serie A title challengers, their hopes on proceeding to the knockout phase will hinge on the game between Legia Warsaw and Spartak Moscow, where the Foxes will be hoping that the former can pull off an upset and get a draw.

What does this mean for Newcastle United visit to the King Power Stadium?

The Foxes host Newcastle in the Premier League on Sunday as the game is expected to go ahead as Leicester can field more than fourteen players and have more than one goalkeeper available.

The home side will want to bounce back from the frustrating 2-1 defeat at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon, while the Magpies head into the game with added momentum after their first win of the season over Burnley at St James’ Park.

A win could see the visitors move to up to 13 points and increase their chances of survival heading into the January transfer window. While the Foxes could move up as far as eighth with a victory.

Ahead of the clash Manager Brendan Rodgers said: “In general, you’re starting to see a few more cases and, for us, it’s always about the health of our players.”

“The players who were unwell who we could have maybe given 24 hours to feel better, we couldn’t take any risk with those, so we’ve kept them at home along with the other guys who were deemed positive,” Rodgers added.

On Monday morning the Premier League released its weekly Covid testing figures for the end of November where seven players are confirmed to have tested positive for the virus – with just sixteen positive tests since the middle of August.

In the Premier League, lateral flow tests are used initially and anyone who tests positive will then take a PCR test to confirm the result.

The 10-day period of self-isolation for anyone who tests positive means Leicester players hit by the outbreak are set to miss their next three games which includes Premier League battles with Newcastle and Spurs.

The Magpies travel to the King Power Stadium on Sunday on the back of their first Premier League win of the season last weekend.

Callum Wilson’s well taken strike in the first half gave Newcastle the win against Burnley at St James’ Park as Eddie Howe’s side look to build on the result ahead of the clash with the Foxes.

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Leicester head into the clash following their disappointing 2-1 away defeat to Midlands rivals Villa, after winger Harvey Barnes took the lead for the Foxes early in the first half.

The news about the outbreak may significantly diminish the quality in Rodgers’ side as several first team players are set to miss out.

However big guns, Vardy, Ndidi, Tielemans and Maddison all make the starting line-up against Napoli and are expected to feature against the Magpies.

Newcastle United’s Premier League fixture at Aston Villa last December was postponed following a significant increase in Covid-19 cases at the Magpies’ Training Centre.

However, the fixture with Leicester on Sunday is set to go ahead as Newcastle look to build from their first win and are in desperate need of getting a result come 2pm.

What are NUFC’s chances on Sunday?

The Magpies will be hoping to build on the momentum gained by their first win and given news that Leicester might be weakened following the Covid-19 outbreak, they might fancy their chances.

The Foxes have conceded the most goals from set-piece situations in the Premier League with both Villa goals at the weekend coming this way.

However, a trip to the King Power is always a tough ask, particularly in Newcastle’s current predicament. But, positive result is not out of the question.

Leicester have been much weaker in defence compared to last season and they have failed to keep a clean sheet since the opening day of the campaign, conceding six more goals than at this stage last year. They have also conceded the most straight from corners (6), adding up to just under a quarter of their goals against total.

If Howe’s side can utilise some aerial prowess against the Foxes, then Newcastle could certainly get some joy in that department – something that they’ve no doubt been working on this week on the training pitch.

Only time will tell.

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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United



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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..


“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”


Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.


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Which Newcastle Players Are Going To The World Cup?




The FIFA World Cup in Qatar gets underway next week and here are all the Newcastle players involved in the tournament

Callum Wilson (England)

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson is a player that has consistently shown the quality to earn a spot in an England squad at a major tournament but has sadly had his chances diminished by injuries in the past.

However, Wilson is currently injury free and is on the plane to Qatar! The Coventry City academy graduate averages a goal every 130 minutes in the Premier League this season, which is the second-best return of all English players behind Harry Kane.

The 30-year-old may have to bide his time for an opportunity due to England captain Harry Kane being the first-choice striker. That said, Wilson gives Gareth Southgate a great alternative should England find themselves chasing a game.

Kieran Trippier (England)

Gareth Southgate has always been very fond of Kieran Trippier’s abilities and what he brings to a team. For example, in Euro 2020 Southgate opted to play Trippier at left-back ahead of a more natural option in Ben Chilwell due to the 32-year-old’s experience and leadership qualities.

Trippier brings bags of experience at major tournaments after reaching the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020.

With injuries at right-back to the likes of Reece James and uncertainty around the fitness of Kyle Walker, Trippier could start at right wing-back in England’s World Cup opener against Iran.

Nick Pope (England)

The last player to complete The Magpies’ England trio is Nick Pope. Toon’s No.1 has been outstanding since arriving from Burnley in the Summer and has earnt his place in England’s World Cup squad.

Pope has the joint most clean sheets in the Premier League this season (6) alongside Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson and fellow England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

It remains to be seen if Gareth Southgate picks Pope to be his first-choice goalkeeper in Qatar ahead of Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale. Pope started both of England’s last games in the Nations League back in September.

Bruno Guimarães (Brazil)

Moving to South America and the favourites to win the competition, Brazil. Bruno Guimarães has been one of Newcastle’s stand-out players this season and has deservedly earned himself a spot in Brazil’s very competitive World Cup Squad.

Guimarães has statistically been the best midfielder in the Premier League so far this season and will be hoping his performances have done enough to earn him a start against Serbia in Brazil’s opening fixture.

That said, Brazil manager Adenor Leonardo Bacchi has predominantly played with a midfield two of Manchester United duo, Casemiro and Fred at the base of the Brazilian midfield.

Fabian Schär (Switzerland)

The Magpies’ centre-back has been in great form alongside Sven Botman at the heart of Newcastle’s defence this season and will be hoping to continue his form in Qatar.

Schär has some tough competition in his position in the form of Manchester City centre-back Manuel Akanji and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Nico Elvedi.

Switzerland find themselves in the same group as tournament favourites Brazil, which will see Schär reunited with Toon teammate Bruno Guimarães in Gameweek 2.

Who didn’t make the squad?

The most surprising player to not make their country’s squad is Sven Botman. The former Lille centre-back has been a major part of why Newcastle has the Premier League’s best defence so far this campaign.

Louis van Gaal has a great pool of centre-backs available to him and opted for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij and Nathan Ake over Botman.

Another Toon player with World Cup disappointment is Joelinton, who has failed to follow Bruno Guimarães on the plane to Qatar.

Joelinton has been a revelation under Eddie Howe following his remarkable transformation from a striker to a box-to-box midfielder. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Joelinton this year.

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What We Learnt (Spurs 1-2 Newcastle)



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Newcastle United were victorious at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday, winning 2-1 and now sit fourth in the Premier League. This is the first time they’ve been there at this stage of the season in 10 years.


Goals from Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron were enough to scare away any chances of a second-half Spurs comeback. That’s six goals for Miggy in what is now his best-ever season for goals in black and white.


With 21 points, just five behind Manchester City and seven behind current league leaders Arsenal, the Toon are looking better than ever, but what did the victory yesterday tell us?


Toon are charging for Europe


If you didn’t believe it at the start of the season you should now. Eddie Howe has transformed Newcastle into a team with a winning mentality with a real sense of togetherness in a squad who are willing to battle for one another, week in and week out.


Very few teams will travel to London this season and manage to come away with a point, never mind three when playing Spurs. Not only this game, however, but Man City (3-3), Liverpool (2-1) and Brentford (5-1) have also shown that Howe and his side mean business this season and are willing to go toe to toe with some of the very best teams, coaches and players in the world. 


In his first signing interview, Sven Botman said, “Newcastle wants to reach the top and the top is in the league and, at the end, maybe in Europe.” Maybe he didn’t specifically mean this season but now he and the rest of his teammates should believe that they have a real chance of playing European football next season.


Almiron transformation shouldn’t go unnoticed


Almiron made 30 appearances last season in the league and finished with just one goal and no assists. Now, after just 12 games and six goals, the Paraguayan is already on course to smash his previous goal-scoring records which have seen him accumulate nine Premier League goals over the course of four seasons. 


Loved by the fans and with the full support of his teammates, it can only get better for the Paraguayan at this point. His goal against Tottenham showed the dribbling, flair and finishing quality he withholds, something that Steve Bruce and Rafael Benitez could never get out of him.


Eddie Howe must be awarded credit for this development, as with the current budget the club has, he could’ve easily found a replacement in the summer. But, just like Joelinton, Miggy has cemented his spot in Newcastle’s starting eleven and is proving every week why he deserves to be there.


Wilson & Burn should be considered by Southgate 


On TalkSport recently, Neil Warnock warned Gareth Southgate saying his loyalty to players might be his downfall and said Dan Burn is “Mr Steady Eddie” referring to his versatility, being able to play left-back or centre-back.


Burn started 28 Premier League games last season and this season has 11 out of 12. His consistent dominating performances in Newcastle’s back line have put him into the conversation for a first-ever England call-up and I don’t think many would disagree. With John Stoned injured, Harry Maguire and Tyrone Mings not in good form and not getting regular game time, Gareth Southgate’s defensive decisions should now be a lot more challenging.


Callum Wilson has proved yet again his abilities as a top Premier League striker. His goal against Spurs not only put him in the headlines over England captain Harry Kane but also made it four in eight for the English man this season who has averaged 2.8 shots per game with an average scoring frequency of 162 minutes. 


With no clear-cut backup striker to Kane, is Wilson ahead of Ivan Toney and Tammy Abraham in the race to be England’s number two striker?


So, what do you think? Do Newcastle have a serious chance at European football next season, can Almiron stay at his best and should Wilson and Burn be considered for a World Cup call-up?


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