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By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Newcastle United entertain Leicester City in the Barclays Premier League at St. James' Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Both teams go into the fixture on the back of 2-2 draws - the Foxes recording theirs at home against fellow top-flight new-boys Burnley, while United's came away at Swansea thanks to a Papiss Cisse double.

The sides last met in the 2009/10 season, when Newcastle raced to the Championship title, and the Magpies took the honours that term with a 1-0 win on Tyneside, followed by a goalless draw in the Midlands.

Follow Saturday's fixture right here on nufc.co.uk for on-the-whistle half-time and full-time reports and exclusive post-match reaction, or live updates on Twitter at @NUFC.


STAT ATTACK
Saturday's game is the 114th match between the two clubs, and the 109th in the league. United are looking for their 50th win over the Foxes.


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LAST MEETING
30th January, 2010 - Leicester 0 Newcastle 0

Leicester(4-3-3): Chris Weale; Bruno Berner, Jack Hobbs, Michael Morrison, Wayne Brown; Richie Wellens, Matt Oakley, Andy King; Martyn Waghorn (Steve Howard 71), Matty Fryatt (Nolberto Solano 84), Paul Gallagher (Lloyd Dyer 66)

Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Steve Harper; Ryan Taylor, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Patrick van Aanholt; Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith (Nile Ranger 62), Nicky Butt, Wayne Routledge; Kevin Nolan (Fabrice Pancrate 75); Andy Carroll


FULL RECORD v LEICESTER
P114 W49 D27 L38 F185 A177


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)

Newcastle - DLWDLD
Leicester - DLWWDL


LAST LINE-UP
Newcastle (v Swansea, Premier League):
Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Jack Colback (Emmanuel Riviere 69); Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse (Ayoze Perez 85), Yoan Gouffran (Sammy Ameobi 58)
Not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita, Remy Cabella

Leicester (v Burnley, Premier League): Kasper Schmeichel; Ritchie De Laet, Wes Morgan, Liam Moore, Paul Konchesky; Riyad Mahrez (Anthony Knockaert 72), Danny Drinkwater, Dean Hammond (Matty James 78), Jeff Schlupp; Jamie Vardy, Leonardo Ulloa (David Nugent 63)
Not used: Ben Hamer, Marcin Wasilewski, Andy King, Chris Wood


TOP SCORER
Newcastle - Papiss Cisse (4)
Leicester - Leonardo Ulloa (5)


TEAM NEWS
Newcastle -
Goalkeeper Tim Krul is expected to be fit after suffering a minor elbow injury while on international duty, while Daryl Janmaat (hamstring) and Paul Dummett (groin) have both shaken off knocks. Siem de Jong (thigh), Rolando Aarons (hamstring), Davide Santon (knee) and Jonas Gutierrez (testicular cancer) are still sidelined.

Leicester - Experienced defender Matthew Upson is a doubt with a foot injury, while Zoumana Bakayogo is a long-term absentee after injuring his anterior cruciate ligament. That aside, the Foxes have a full bill of health for the trip to Tyneside. 


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "Leicester have had the result of the season as far as I'm concerned in beating Manchester United, so they can produce a great performance and we need to be wary of that. But this Club needs a win, for our fans, for our Club and everyone associated with it, so I'm desperate for that win this Saturday and I really hope we get it. We've worked hard on the players we have had and they've worked really well this week, I've been really pleased. We are in as good shape as we can be with the disruption the international week brings."


Nigel Pearson, Leicester manager: "It's a fantastic place to play football - a great stadium and atmosphere. It's important that the fans enjoy that sort of experience but for us it's about a job to do and it's a big game for us - my focus remains very much on us and how we approach games. We have to go there and play at our best because regardless of where you go, the sides that are well established have got players that are experienced and quality as well and we've got to compete with that - all these games are interesting."


REFEREE
Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire): 2014/15 record - 7 games, 35 yellow cards, 0 red cards


PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Carl Cort, Steve Guppy, Paul Kitson, Danny Simpson, Nolberto Solano


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DID YOU KNOW?
Leicester City have been beaten on their last four visits to St. James' Park.