X

Sunday 22
September

Leicester City

Rodgers calls for Leicester focus

11th April 2019, 12:50 by James Mason

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers says his players will need patience in Friday's home clash against Newcastle United.

The Foxes have enjoyed a huge upturn in results since Rodgers replaced Claude Puel at the end of February, with four consecutive victories helping the club climb to seventh position in the Premier League.

Leicester have taken the maximum nine points on offer from their last three matches at King Power Stadium and they will be looking to do the double over Newcastle, having triumphed 2-0 at St James' Park in September.

The Magpies are seven points clear of the relegation zone heading into the contest but they have struggled in their previous two outings, losing 2-0 at Arsenal before going down 1-0 at home to Crystal Palace.

Rafael Benitez has been handed a big blow after it was revealed defender Florian Lejeune will miss the remainder of the season because of the knee injury picked up in that defeat to the Eagles.

Newcastle beat Leicester on their last trip to the East Midlands and Rodgers insists his players will need to be on top of their game if they are going to rack up a fifth successive win.

"I expect a very, very tough game," he said in Wednesday's press conference. "Rafa is a top class manager who organises his teams exceptionally well. They play in a 5-4-1 structure when they haven't got the ball.

"So, it can be very difficult to break them down. Patience is going to be important, but patience always with speed and looking to be as creative as we possibly can."

Former England international Jamie Vardy has scored six goals from his last five games and punters may decide to use their free bet on the striker firing the hosts to all three points on Friday night.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

More Leicester City

Leicester City

Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham

21st September 2019, 15:27

Goals from Ricardo Pereira and James Maddison saw Leicester City come from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 Saturday's lunchtime game in the Premier League.

Leicester City

Leicester City v Tottenham Team News

20th September 2019, 12:19

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has no fresh injury concerns as he prepares for the visit of Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime in the Premier League.

Leicester City

Rodgers fears United lure may be too strong for Maddison

19th September 2019, 13:39

Brendan Rodgers fears Leicester could lose another of their star men to Manchester United if they firm up their interest in James Maddison.

Leicester City

Pereira wants Foxes to show top-six credentials

18th September 2019, 13:31

Ricardo Pereira says Leicester must be "aggressive" against Tottenham on Saturday and prove they can compete for the top six by getting a positive result.

Leicester City

Would United move really be best for Maddison?

16th September 2019, 18:06

James Maddison is reportedly Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one target for Manchester United but, money aside, would he really want to leave the Foxes?

Leicester City

Schmeichel vows Foxes will learn

16th September 2019, 15:10

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was disappointed with the 1-0 loss at Manchester United and has vowed that Leicester City will learn from the defeat.

Recent Sport Headlines

Arsenal

Emery reveals new boy having extra training

22nd September 2019, 04:29

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has confirmed Nicolas Pepe is doing individual training work to help him adapt to life with the Gunners.

Newcastle United

Bruce struggling for positives after Seagulls stalemate

22nd September 2019, 03:29

Steve Bruce was left searching desperately for positives after seeing his Newcastle team scrape a 0-0 draw against Brighton at St James' Park.

Norwich City

Norwich wait on Tettey as skipper limps out of Clarets loss

22nd September 2019, 02:57

Norwich are sweating on the fitness of Alex Tettey after he picked up a thigh strain in the defeat at Burnley on Saturday.

Burnley

Dyche delighted to see Wood get off the mark

22nd September 2019, 01:57

Sean Dyche had special praise for Chris Wood after he broke his scoring duck for the season with two goals in the win against Norwich on Saturday.

Everton

Silva frustrated as nervous Toffees lose to Blades

22nd September 2019, 01:27

Everton manager Marco Silva could not believe how nervous his players were as they slipped to a 2-0 home defeat against Sheffield United.

Manchester City

Guardiola salutes City after huge Hornets win

22nd September 2019, 00:57

Pep Guardiola called rampant Manchester City a "joy to watch" after they ripped apart Watford in record-breaking fashion to rack up an 8-0 win.

Formula 1

Leclerc claims third straight pole in Singapore

21st September 2019, 20:21

Charles Leclerc was "extremely happy" after his fastest final lap in qualifying secured him pole position for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Rugby Union

Jones ready for 'special' World Cup experience

21st September 2019, 20:06

Coach Eddie Jones admits he is looking forward to the start of an "emotional" and "special" World Cup for England.