The latest Leicester City news as Dean Smith’s men take on the Magpies at St James’ Park on Monday night with City able to take control of the survival race with a win.
Match of the Day pundit and former Newcastle United midfielder Jermaine Jenas has said that he will be ‘in shock’ if Leicester City take anything from their Premier League clash at St James’ Park.
City make the journey up north knowing that a win would put Premier League safety into their hands on the final day of the season following results over the weekend. Everton’s 1-1 draw with Wolves, coupled with Leeds’ 3-1 loss against West Ham, means that City cannot be relegated against Newcastle with the fight going to the final day of the season.
Such is the closeness of the race, that City can take control, should they pick up three points against the Magpies. Newcastle go into the game needing one point to officially confirm Champions League football, although they are virtually there anyway due to their goal difference.
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Talking about the fight against relegation on Sunday night, Jenas has delivered a confident prediction ahead of Monday’s game (8pm kick off).
“They’re not going to win that game,” he said on Match of the Day 2 . “That’s not the game that they’re going to win.
“Listen, they’ve got to go for everything, don’t get me wrong, but going to St James’ Park where they just need a point for the Champions League, I’ll be in shock if they come out with anything from that.”
The pundit is more optimistic about City picking up some much needed points in their final game of the season.
“So that last game against West Ham for me. I think West Ham have got the final four [sic] days after, I’ll imagine they’ll be some changes and maybe a different vibe to that West Ham team as well, that’s the chance to get anything.”
West Ham actually play Fiorentina in Prague on June 7, 10 days after the final game of the season. David Moyes could still be tempted to rest players against City in order to not risk injury, especially with their Premier League status now sealed.
Former City loanee Ben Mee, who now plays for Brentford, delivered a more indecisive verdict. He did however predict Everton to stay up ahead of City.
He said: “You never know with Leicester, you never know with teams fighting down there.”