The Newcastle United fans are feeling confident in the Transfer Tavern ahead of a huge fixture against Leicester City tomorrow afternoon.
Rafa Benitez’s side are a team on the up; they have taken 10 points from their last available 15 to move 7 points clear of the relegation zone and just 5 away from the magic 40-point mark. With 7 fixtures still to play, it’s fair to say that Newcastle are in a fantastic position to secure their Premier League survival, but they still have plenty of work to do.
Newcastle claimed a deserved 1-0 victory over Huddersfield last weekend in a relegation six-pointer which proved they have the ability to grind out results even when they are not at their fluid best – a quality which typically proves to be the difference between relegation and survival. The Magpies face an opponent tomorrow who should pose a much greater threat to their goal than the Terriers managed last weekend, namely the 2015/16 Premier League champions Leicester City.
The Foxes currently sit in 8th position, just three points behind Burnley in 7th, and they will be eager to catch the Clarets in the final weeks of the season to give themselves an outside chance of qualifying for the Europa League next season. With that to consider, Newcastle should expect an extremely tough game tomorrow afternoon against a side who are full of attacking intent, especially when Riyad Mahrez is in the side.
All of Newcastle’s defenders will need to be on top form to prevent the Algerian ace from carving them apart tomorrow afternoon, and Jamaal Lascelles will need to use all of his leadership qualities to ensure the back-four remain compact and sturdy throughout proceedings. However, the individual performance of Paul Dummett (valued at £3.15 million by Transfermarkt) could prove to be the most crucial in black and white tomorrow, as he will be tasked with personally marking Mahrez at the King Power Stadium.
Mahrez has the ability to single-handedly tear Newcastle apart down the right-hand side with his unique style of mazey dribbling which so regularly fools quality defenders. With sensationally quick-feet and mesmerising agility, Mahrez is almost impossible to stop at times, but if Newcastle are to take anything away from their clash tomorrow afternoon, Dummett must find a way to stifle Leicester’s crown jewel.
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