Newcastle United meet Leicester City at St James’ Park on New Year’s Day as they look to bring round their blip in form. 

Steve Bruce’s side have lost their past two league games, having been well beaten by Manchester United at Old Trafford and narrowly seen off by Everton two days later. 

Leicester had their own wobble recently, losing back-to-back games for the first time this season, although admittedly those games came against the champions Manchester City and runaway leaders Liverpool.

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Yet the Foxes are back up and running since beating West Ham United on the weekend, a victory that saw Manuel Pellegrini’s time in charge of the Hammers come to an end. 

Leicester are second in the league and will be hoping to keep up their charge towards automatic Champions League qualification, while Newcastle are 11th and can climb into the top half with victory. 

Start time

Newcastle vs Leicester kicks off at 3pm on New Year’s Day (Wednesday). 

How to watch on TV and stream online

The match will be shown live on BT Sport 2 in the UK, available to all BT Sport subscribers, and can be streamed online via the BT Sport website or the BT Sport app. 

Team news

Joelinton is a doubt for Newcastle with a calf problem while Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie remain out.

Jamie Vardy is back in the side after the birth of his baby daughter. Ricardo Pereira is expected to be available following a minor hamstring strain. 

Predicted line-ups

Newcastle United: Dubravka; Manquillo, Fernandez, Clark, Willems; Almiron, S Longstaff, Shelvey, M Longstaff, Atsu; Carroll.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell, Ndidi, Tielemans, Perez, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy.

Odds

Newcastle win 16/5

Draw 10/3

Leicester win 4/7

Prediction

Newcastle’s home crowd might be feeling a little worse for wear after the night before, and having rested his key players against West Ham I expect Brendan Rodgers to field a strong side capable of getting all three points. Newcastle 0-2 Leicester. 

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