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Newcastle United vs Leicester City at Stadion.Core.ViewModels.Matchday.LocationViewModel

Newcastle United crest

Newcastle United

  • Joselu 4'
  • Dwight Gayle 73'
Leicester City crest

Leicester City

  • Riyad Mahrez 20'
  • Demarai Gray 60'
  • Ayoze Pérez 86' (OG)

St. James' Park

Premier League

Referee : Neil Swarbrick

9th December 2017 5:30 PM (GMT)

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Commentary By @NUFC

Leicester, meanwhile, are thoroughly enjoying themselves inside the top half of the table. Today's victory was their third in as many games and means they now sit in eighth place, narrowly ahead of Watford after the Hornets were beaten by Burnley earlier today. Claude Puel's old side Southampton await the Foxes next.

A few boos ring around the stadium as the two sides make their way off the pitch. It was another really frustrating performance from the hosts, who impressed on a few occasions when pushing forward but let themselves down with some desperately poor defending. In the end, they couldn't quite hold on to a point, and it means they have lost six of their last seven Premier League games, leaving them just two points outside of the relegation zone.




A thumping pass from Lejeune is fired up towards the edge of the Leicester box and manages to pick out Mitrovic. The striker does well to nod the ball down to Gayle, who immediately unleashes a thumping volley but can't guide it through the group of defenders camped just in front of him.


Leicester win themselves a corner over on the left wing, and, unsurprising, it's one they take their time with. The visitors eventually lose the ball and allow Newcastle to counter-attack quickly, but Perez is dispossessed from behind by Ndidi and can't carve out a chance on goal. The Spaniard thought he was fouled but the referee didn't agree.


The fourth official has indicated that there will be five minutes of added time.


Substitution Jamie Vardy José Leonardo Ulloa


Substitution Jamie Vardy José Leonardo Ulloa


Substitution Riyad Mahrez Christian Fuchs


Substitution José Luis Sanmartín Mato Aleksandar Mitrović


Own goal Ayoze Pérez Gutiérrez


Newcastle are just about able to deal with the set-piece after neither Okazaki nor Morgan can get a shot away, and the home side then quickly counter-attack. Merino skips away from two players before trying to penetrate the penalty area, but he's closed down by a group of blue shirts before he's able to do so and eventually loses out.


Leicester are presented with another free-kick in a decent position, and it's one that causes all sorts of problems for Darlow. The goalkeeper rushes out and tries to deal with the danger, but he spills the ball after being put under pressure by Morgan and gives away a corner.


Okazaki, who is back on the pitch with a big bandage wrapped around his head, makes a nuisance of himself deep down the left flank before winning his side a free-kick in a promising position. It's swung in by Mahrez and almost finds Maguire, but Hayden does well to get a touch on the ball ahead of the centre-back.


Yellow card Florian Lejeune


Gayle goes close! The striker looks full of confidence since finding the back of the net. He twists and turns on the edge of the penalty area before shooting, and his low strike flies just wide of the far post after beating Schmeichel. Great play by the home side!


Ouch! Okazaki stoops down low as he tries to latch onto a bouncing ball but receives an accidental boot in the face as he does so. He's received a nasty cut to his forehead and will have to spend the next minute or two off the pitch as the Leicester medical team patch him up. For now, Newcastle are continuing to push forward.


Yellow card Isaac Hayden


Substitution Demarai Gray Shinji Okazaki


Assist Mikel Merino Zazón

Home team crest
2 - 2
Away Team crest


Goal Dwight Gayle


A lofted pass fired over to the left-hand side of the Leicester box and picks out Perez, who is immediately brought into the game. He quickly tries to tee up a team-mate, but his half-volleyed cross deflects off the chest of Simpson and behind for a corner.


Substitution Jacob Murphy Ayoze Pérez Gutiérrez


Substitution Jacob Murphy Ayoze Pérez Gutiérrez


Yedlin and Atsu link up nicely deep down the right flank as Newcastle push forward on one of their first attacking moves since the start of the second half. The substitute then swings a cross into the heart of the penalty area and towards Gayle, but Schmeichel is there to punch the ball away from danger.


Great chance for Mahrez! A looping Leicester free-kick is picked up by Maguire over on the left wing, and the centre-back is quickly fouled from behind by a poor attempted tackle from Florian Lejeune. The free-kick initially fails to result in a chance on goal before Mahrez bursts into the box and shoots, but Darlow manages to get a hand on the strike to stop it from resulting in a third goal for the visitors.


Substitution Matt Ritchie Christian Atsu Twasam


Substitution Matt Ritchie Christian Atsu Twasam

Home team crest
1 - 2
Away Team crest


Goal Demarai Gray


Assist Marc Albrighton


The game gets underway once again and Leicester quickly try to push forward. Simpson fires a long pass down the right flank and towards Vardy, who rushes towards the ball but can't quite reach it ahead of Clark just outside of the box.


Both Isaac Hayden and Merino are down on the ground after receiving flailing arms from Ndidi. Both central midfielders were struck in the side of the face as they battled for the ball with the Nigerian, but they should be able to make a quick recovery as the game momentarily stops.


Murphy twists and turns over on the left wing after being left in a pocket of space on the break. He's eventually able to find a way into the Leicester penalty area, but Wes Morgan easily uses his strength to push the winger off the ball before shepherding it behind for a goal-kick.


Chilwell is put under pressure by Yedlin and goes close to running the ball behind for another Newcastle corner. The home fans behind the goal all scream for a corner, but the linesman doesn't agree an Yedlin eventually ends up conceding a goal-kick after poking the ball away from the Leicester full-back.


What a chance for Joselu! Murphy darts down the left flank and tries to find a way into the Leicester box, but he can't get past Simpson and has to settle for a corner. It's swung in by Ritchie and picks out Joselu, who meets the ball well but can't quite hit the target with his bullet header.


Mahrez gets himself into a good position over on the right wing and quickly curls in a cross, but he can't quite pick out a team-mate and Newcastle quickly counter-attack after dealing with the danger. Ritchie tries to tee up Joselu with a long pass down the right wing, but he can't quite pick out the striker and loses out to Ndidi.


We're underway once again!

The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.

It's been a relatively even and entertaining game so far, with both sides enjoying decent chances in front of goal thanks to some less than stellar defending. Newcastle started brilliantly and deservedly took an early lead at the end of a really good team move, but Leicester hit back soon after and have arguably been on the front foot since then. The Foxes look the most likely to score again, although they'll have to tighten up at the back if they're to avoid falling behind.



Newcastle try to push forward on one final attack before the half-time break after winning themselves a free-kick inside their own half of the pitch, but they're unable to do so quickly enough and the referee ends up bringing the first half to a close.


The fourth official has indicated that there will be just one minute of added time.


Maguire picks up the ball midway inside the Leicester half of the pitch and immediately darts down the right wing on a confident run. He then swings a cross into the heart of the hosts' penalty area that's blasted behind for a corner. Leicester can't do anything with it though, as it's well dealt with by Newcastle.


A period of Newcastle possession comes to an end, and Leicester try to hit them on another counter-attack. Once again, it's Vardy who tries to dart through the back line on a quick run, but his sprint forward is slightly mistimed and the linesman's flag is raised.


Newcastle are enjoying a decent spell of possession as we head into the final five minutes of the half. Joselu holds up the ball over on the right flank and quickly tries to pick out Yedlin with a pass deep down the wing, but Albrighton is there to cut out the danger with a well-timed interception.


Another poor piece of defending from Leicester causes problems, and it results in Maguire clumsily bringing down Gayle from behind. Ritchie steps up and shoots from the resulting free-kick, but his low strike is easily saved by Schmeichel in the middle of the goal.


Almost a costly mistake by Chilwell! The Leicester left-back plays an awful pass across the edge of his own penalty area that sails straight to Murphy. The Newcastle winger brings the ball down well before shooting from 25 yards out, but his curling strike is nicely saved by Schmeichel.


Leicester push forward on yet another determined attacking move, but Newcastle do well to bring it to an end before quickly counter-attacking. They move the ball around really nicely deep down the left wing before a low cross picks out Gayle, who has a great opportunity to shoot but holds onto possession for far too long and is dispossessed by Maguire before he can do so.


Vardy is the latest player to cause problems for the Newcastle defence as he storms into the right-hand side of the hosts' penalty area and unleashes a shot, but there's far too much power behind the effort and Darlow can watch it sail safely over the top of the crossbar.


Leicester are continuing to put all sorts of pressure on the Newcastle defence as they push forward once again. Chilwell twists and turns over on the left flank before curling a cross right onto the head of Simpson. The right-back does well to meet the ball, but he can't hit the target with his header and sends it wide of the goal.


Vardy goes down inside the penalty area, but nothing is given! The striker sprints into the Newcastle box and looks set to take on Darlow, but he's brought down under a tackle from DeAndre Yedlin just as he's about to pull the trigger. Vardy immediately screams for a penalty, but the referee isn't interested and waves play on. It looks as if the American just about managed to get a toe on the ball.


Lovely footwork by Schmeichel! Maguire causes a few problems for his goalkeeper as he sends a pass back to the Dane that he really doesn't want, but Schmeichel does really well to chip the ball over the head of Joselu and, eventually, away from danger. Coolness personified!


And now Simpson goes close! Gray cuts inside from the left wing and beats Ritchie before curling a wonderful cross over to the far post. Simpson sprints past Murphy and looks set to test Darlow with a close-range shot, but he can only get a toe on the ball and pokes it behind for a goal-kick.


Great chance for Leicester to make it 2-1! Space opens up for Leicester once again, and the visitors to burst forward over on the left wing. Albrighton charges down the flank, cuts inside and shoots, and his low effort isn't dealt with convincingly by Darlow. The ball rolls out towards Vardy, who tries to latch onto it but is beaten by Ciaran Clark before the linesman's flag is eventually raised for offside.


Leicester are now firmly on the front foot as they keep pushing forward. Danny Simpson is almost able to squeeze his way into the Newcastle box and towards a bouncing pass, but Murphy is just about able to beat the defender to the ball at the vital moment.

Home team crest
1 - 1
Away Team crest


Goal Riyad Mahrez


Assist Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi


What a strike by Gray! That's more like it from the visitors. Vicente Iborra manages to pick out Gray and sets up the youngster to unleash a beautiful curling shot from 20 yards out. It looks set to find the top right-hand corner of the net, but the ball ends up fizzing just inches wide of the far post after beating Darlow.


Leicester are starting to see more of the ball but are struggling to do much with it. They're moving the ball around slightly too slowly, which is making life relatively easy for Newcastle - and incredibly frustrating for their manager, who doesn't look at all pleased.


An attempted Newcastle attacking move fails to result in a chance on goal, allowing Leicester to break away quickly down the left wing. Marc Albrighton and Mahrez link up well before the Algerian moves the ball over to Ndidi, who tries to beat Darlow from 25 yards out but ends up dragging his shot several yards wide of the goal.


Audacious effort by Jacob Murphy! Newcastle comfortably knock the ball around as they try to find a way through the sea of blue camped in front of them. Gayle makes a good run towards the penalty area but Murphy instead decides to try and beat Kasper Schmeichel from 40 yards out after spotting the goalkeeper off his line. Unsurprisingly, his strike sails well wide of the goal.


Yellow card Demarai Gray


Leicester push forward on their first decent attack of the game after some space opens up for them. Chilwell almost manages to pick out Jamie Vardy with a chipped cross but ends up missing the striker by several yards. Riyad Mahrez quickly picks up the ball, spins and shoots, but Karl Darlow is there to tip the strike round the near post for a corner that's easily cleared.


Leicester leave far too much space available in the middle of the pitch, allowing Newcastle to push forward once again. Merino charges past Ndidi and heads towards the box, where Harry Maguire is just about able to dispossess the midfielder before he can set up a team-mate in front of goal.


Gayle almost makes it 2-0! Leicester are caught all at sea at the back once again after Wilfred Ndidi loses possession in a dangerous position. Gayle flies towards the box and gets a shot away, but his low strike rolls just a yard or so wide of the far post.

Home team crest
1 - 0
Away Team crest


Goal José Luis Sanmartín Mato


Assist Dwight Gayle


Newcastle enjoy a decent start to the game as Matt Ritchie twists and turns over on the right wing, and he's eventually brought down for a free-kick in a promising position. It's Ritchie who swings in the set-piece, and it's headed behind well by Ben Chilwell at the vital moment.


We're off! Newcastle get us underway, attacking from left to right.

The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.

Meanwhile, Leicester boss Claude Puel has named an unchanged side to the one that featured in their last outing, with Demarai Gray, who scored in the narrow win against Burnley, once again starting just behind Vardy.

Rafa Benitez has decided to make three changes to the Newcastle side that lost against Chelsea last weekend, with DeAndre Yedlin, Isaac Hayden and Dwight Gayle coming into the starting line-up to replace Chancel Mbemba, Mohamed Diame and Ayoze Perez, respectively.

Leicester City substitutes: Hamer, Dragovic, Fuchs, King, Iheanacho, Okazaki, Ulloa.

Leicester City XI (4-4-1-1): Schmeichel; Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell; Mahrez, Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton; Gray; Vardy.

Newcastle United substitutes: Elliot, Lascelles, Diame, Shelvey, Atsu, Perez, Mitrovic.

Newcastle United XI (3-4-2-1): Darlow; Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark; Manquillo, Hayden, Merino, Ritchie; Murphy, Gayle; Joselu.

There’s just under 15 minutes left to go until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up today…

Jamie Vardy has scored seven league goals so far this season, and another here today would see him become the first Leicester player to reach the 50 mark. He’ll certainly be feeling confident about his side’s chances, as the Foxes have won all of their last three league meetings against Newcastle. The latter last won back in October 2014, and that was also the last time they managed to score a single goal against Leicester.

As for Leicester, they’ve thoroughly impressed under the watchful eye of new boss Claude Puel, and they head into this afternoon’s clash looking to record three consecutive league wins for the first time since April. Another victory would firmly cement their position inside the top half of the table, and it would also move them one point ahead of Watford and into eighth place after the Hornets were beaten by Burnley earlier this afternoon.

West Ham’s earlier - and totally unexpected - victory at home to Chelsea means Newcastle currently sit just two points clear of the relegation zone, highlighting just how much they need to return to winning ways if they’re avoid being dragged into the bottom three before Christmas.

Today’s clash brings together two sides in very different form. For Newcastle, the last month and a half has been a really disappointing period, as they’ve failed to win any of their last six Premier League games. The one in which they managed to avoid defeat ended 2-2 away to West Bromwich Albion, while only one of their last previous 10 domestic outings has ended in a victory, with that coming against struggling Crystal Palace.

Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Premier League game between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St. James’ Park.

Other games that day

  • Burnley1
  • Huddersfield Town2
    Brighton and Hove Albion0
  • Swansea City1
    West Bromwich Albion0
  • Crystal Palace2
  • Tottenham Hotspur5
    Stoke City1
  • West Ham United1

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Manchester City 15 +36 43
2 Manchester United 15 +26 35
3 Chelsea 16 +15 32
4 Liverpool 15 +14 29
5 Tottenham Hotspur 16 +14 28
6 Arsenal 15 +10 28
7 Burnley 16 +3 28
8 Leicester City 16 +1 23
9 Watford 16 -2 22
10 Everton 15 -9 18
11 Huddersfield Town 16 -15 18
12 Southampton 15 -3 17
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -7 17
14 Bournemouth 16 -4 16
15 Stoke City 16 -16 16
17 West Bromwich Albion 16 -10 13
18 West Ham United 16 -18 13
19 Swansea City 16 -9 12
20 Crystal Palace 16 -17 11

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