As Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester look to get back on track for a top four finish, Steve Bruce’s men are hoping they can increase their points tally down at the bottom of the table (in 17th place).
In what’s set up to be an interesting game, with both teams battling out three points for a different reason, VAVEL assesses the recent form of the teams coming into this game.
Leicester City (L-W-W-W-D)
Rodgers’ Leicester have strung a few good wins together as of late, as they look to continue their positive form into Friday evening's match-up.
In what could be a crucial game in the tight chase for a UEFA Champions League spot, Leicester were on the back end of a loss as they tasted defeat to West Ham United. Leicester were able to bounce back, however, as they progressed into the final of the Emirates FA Cup. After the single goal of Kelechi Iheanacho, Leicester passed the challenge of Southampton in the semi-finals.
As the Foxes reverted their attention back to the league, Leicester eased past relegation struggling West Bromwich Albion. First-half goals from Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans, and Iheanacho made sure of earning the three points.
Following on from their victory over fellow Midland rivals, Leicester City conjured up a second-half come back against Crystal Palace. After what proved a tough first half, Leicester upped their game in the second to earn all three points. In Leicester’s most recent encounter, Rodgers’ men were held to a 1-1 draw against 10-man Southampton. Leicester hit back after a converted James Ward-Prowse penalty, but they were unable to go on and be victorious.
Newcastle United (D-W-W-D-L)
After being in the mix for a spot in the relegation zone, Bruce’s side have shown their willingness to be in the Premier League in the past few weeks, after some impressive performances.
In an eventful afternoon at St. James’ Park, Newcastle earned a point after a late equaliser scored by Joe Willock against Tottenham Hotspur. After going 1-0 up, Tottenham fought back in quick succession to get two but Newcastle rose to earn a precious point. The Magpies then went onto be victorious in their next affair, after turning things round in the second half against Burnley.
Newcastle went on to get back-to-back wins in the league, something they haven’t done since the 12th of December in 2020. In an entertaining game, the Magpies came out as 3-2 winners over European hopefuls, West Ham.
After being unbeaten in their past three, it turned into four unbeaten after drawing at Anfield against the champions, Liverpool. A late-minute equaliser from Willock in stoppage time secured a huge point for Steve Bruce’s men. Newcastle’s streak came to an end, after being beaten convincingly by Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.