Looking back at Newcastle United's win over Leicester City in 2018
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Schmeichel being lobbed by a Newcastle United player - not the first time we've heard that.

Philippe Albert's sumptuous chip in the famous 5-0 win over Manchester United in 1996 remains iconic to this day, but Ayoze Perez gave the Frenchman a run for his money two years ago at the King Power Stadium, this time against Peter's son, Kasper Schmeichel. Perez now, of course, plays for the opposition and could feature against his former side on this weekend.

It could be argued that Friday night's clash at the King Power comes in similar circumstances to the exact same fixture three years ago, with Newcastle almost certain of survival in the Premier League for another season with three points.

They will be hoping to capitalise on Leicester City's home struggles as they go in search of a win which would see them go twelve points clear of 18th placed Fulham ahead of their meeting with Burnley on Monday night.

However, The Foxes will be no pushovers with Brendan Rodgers' side chasing Champions League football next year.

Steve Bruce will be after revenge following the 2-1 defeat to Leicester in the reverse fixture in January with strikes from James Maddison and Youri Tielemans securing all three points.

What happened in 2018?

The Magpies earned an impressive 2-1 victory at Leicester in April 2018 thanks to strikes from Jonjo Shelvey and the previously mentioned Perez.

This win lifted Rafa Benitez's side into tenth spot in the Premier League, which is also where the finished the season. Not bad going for their first campaign back in the top flight.

It was an ideal start for Newcastle when Shelvey teased the Leicester defence before placing a strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the box, sending the away fans wild in the process.

Since their promotion from the Championship in 2014, Leicester have always been a dangerous side going forwards so it felt that a second Newcastle goal would be crucial to remove some nerves among the healthy Toon following that Saturday afternoon.

Perez was the man who came up with the magic as he caused confusion in the opposition defence before spotting Schmeichel well off his line, and he gave the Denmark number one no chance with his expertly executed lob.

Jamie Vardy did pull one back late on, but this wouldn't affect the outcome as United held on for a crucial win which all-but secured safety.

Why was the game so memorable?

It's in the name of the club, and the word United was something that was extremely evident on this occasion.

In what was only their first season back in the Premier League following their disastrous relegation in the 2015/16 season, there was a huge sense of optimism with all seeming well on the pitch.

A Champions League winning manager was at the helm, and as much as the squad wasn't the best you'll ever see in the Premier League, they all pulled together throughout that season to comfortably stay up.

There is one passage of play that constantly does the rounds amongst Newcastle United supporters with tackles flying in left, right and centre, showing just how much the players really cared about the club and the fans.

Those of a Leicester persuasion would probably argue that it was more a case of The Magpies playing a different sport, a valid point when Christian Atsu eventually ended the passage of play with a horrendously mis-timed challenge, however as much as the home side ended up with several players on the ground, Newcastle didn't care and especially Paul Dummett who, quite frankly, wiped Riyad Mahrez out.

This spell in the game summed up what Newcastle United should be all about, and this vital win against Leicester is an away day that will surely live long in the memory of Newcastle fans.

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