Newcastle vs Leicester LIVE: Jamie Vardy returns to the starting side for the Foxes who look to climb back to third in the Premier League with a trip to St James’ Park
- Leicester will look to climb back to third in the Premier League vs Newcastle
- Steve Bruce’s hosts enter the match without a victory from their last five games
- Foxes have been frustrated with draws against Crystal Palace and Man United
- The match is televised on Sky Sports Premier League and kicks off at 14:15 GMT
- Latest Premier League news, live action and results can be found here
- Premier League table – as it stands
Leicester will look to climb back to third in the Premier League table as they visit Newcastle at St James’ Park in Sunday’s Premier League action.
Steve Bruce’s hosts enter the match without a win in their last five, but off the back of a promising 0-0 draw with leaders Liverpool.
Meanwhile, the Foxes have been left frustrated recently as they couldn’t find the winning touch in draws with Crystal Palace and Manchester United. Striker Jamie Vardy is in the hunt for the golden boot with eleven goals.
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The warm ups and final preparations are being made ahead of kick off at St James’ Park. It’s all smiles from both sets of players, but it must be pretty cold this afternoon in the Toon!
Callum Wilson will start for Newcastle in attack alongside Joelinton and Miguel Almiron. The England striker has eight goals to his name this season along with three assists from 13 matches.
It is likely the hosts won’t see much of the ball, but Wilson doesn’t need a second chance to score very often!
The players and staff have arrived at St James’ Park, through the tight covid restrictions, as we count down to kick off in the North East.
Brendan Rodgers has brought back some key players, including Wilfried Ndini and Youri Tielemens in midfield, while Steve Bruce is still without Jamal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin after the pair suffered bad symptoms of coronavirus.
Vardy was benched in Leicester’s last match against Crystal Palace with tight fixture congestion meaning Brendan Rodgers had to switch things around.
But, the Foxes talisman returns to the starting line up today. He scored a brace when these two met earlier this season and has eleven goals so far – will he add to his campaign tally later?
Newcastle XI: Darlow, Yedlin, Fernandez, Schar, Clark, Ritchie, S. Longstaff, M. Longstaff, Joelinton, Almiron, Wilson.
Subs: Carroll, Krafth, Dummett, Hendrick, Murphy, Dubravka, Manquillo, Shelvey, Gayle.
Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Fofana, Evans, Justin, Castagne, Ndidi, Tielemens, Albrighton, Maddison, Barnes, Vardy.
Subs: Ward, Mendy, Söyüncü, Ünder, Amartey, Pérez, Thomas, Iheanacho, Praet.
Happy Sunday and welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of Newcastle vs Leicester in the first of today’s Premier League double header. Stay tuned for the team news, build up and live commentary as the Foxes try to climb back to third in the table.
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