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LEICESTER CITY VS NEWCASTLE

Published:Friday | March 11, 2016 | 3:00 AM

LEICESTER (4-2-3-1)

SCHMEICHEL,

AMARTEY, HUTH, MORGAN, FUCHS,

DRINKWATER, KANTE,

MAHREZ, ALBRIGHTON,

VARDY

RIVIERE, PEREZ,

WIJNALDUM,

COLBACK, SHELVEY, SISSOKO,

DUMMETT, TAYLOR, LASCELLES, JANMAAT,

ELLIOT

NEWCASTLE (4-3-1-2)

A fascinating contest between one team moving in on their first Barclays Premier League title and another fighting for their top-flight lives.

Leicester are now five points clear at the top of the table after winning 1-0 at Watford last Saturday. Third place Arsenal not playing in the league this weekend but Tottenham Hotspur, in second, can cut the deficit to two when they face Newcastle on Sunday. Fourth-placed Manchester City are at struggling Norwich and can edge into third if they win at Carrow Road.

After 29 games of last season, Leicester were bottom of the Premier League with just 19 points. Now they are top on a massive 60 points.

Riyad Mahrez got Leicester's winner, his 15th Premier League goal of the season, though 11 of those have been scored on the road.

Indeed, Leicester have scored 33 goals in the second half of games this term, two more than any other side.

Newcastle, by contrast, have lost five of their last six Premier League games, most recently at home to Bournemouth. That leaves them, one place off the bottom with just 24 points, their lowest ever return from 28 games in the Premier League.

They arrive at the King Power Stadium with just seven away goals, the fewest in the Premier League.

Leicester won 3-0 at St James' Park in November and, in this game last season, they won by the same scoreline, though Newcastle finished with nine men after Mike Williamson and Darryl Janmaat were sent off.

Leicester have a clean bill of health but Newcastle have doubts over Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini, Andros Townsend, Paul Dummett and Yoan Gouffran. Definitely out are Curtis Good, Massaido Haidara, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan and Ivan Tovey.