Newcastle manager Chris Hughton makes as many as four changes to the side which beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Wednesday night, with full debuts being handed to Wayne Routledge and Patrick van Aanholt.
Chelsea defender van Aanholt only came into Newcastle yesterday, but the lad starts at left back this afternoon, in place of the injured Jose Enrique (hamstring).
But there is no Jonas Gutierrez this afternoon, so we assume Chris doesn’t want to take any risks with the Argentine, who was slightly injured on Wednesday night – and that’s probably a wise decision with so many games coming up.
Routledge came off the bench to make his debut on Wednesday night, but gets his first start this afternoon, after looking more than good in his first action for the Magpies on the right wing.
But a surprise is captain Nicky Butt returning to the line-up, as does Ryan Taylor, who is back from suspension. With this personnel Newcastle may line up in a 4-5-1 system.
Taylor comes in at right-back, Mike Williamson continues alongside Fabricio Coloccini at the center of defense, and is preferred to youngster Tamas Kadar, who has looked solid lately.
Routledge and Danny Guthrie will be the wingers this afternoon, Butt partners Alan Smith in the center. Kevin Nolan will play in a withdrawn forward role off Andy Carroll, which hen usually plays in these away games.
Fitz Hall, who arrived on a loan for the rest of the season from Queens Park Rangers on Friday, is named among the substitutes, along with Tamas Kadar and Peter Lovenkrands, who both started against Crystal Palace.
And would you believe that Nottingham Forest were finally beaten today at Derby County, by 1-0, although WBA won at home 3-1 against Sheffield United – so a win could take Newcastle 6 points clear of Forest with a game in hand.
That’s Forest’s first league defeat since they were beaten at home by Blackpool 1-0 – and that was back on 19th September.
It’s a great opportunity so let’s hope we can take it.
Howay The Lads!!
Leicester City: Chris Weale, Michael Morrison, Wayne Brown, Matt Oakley (c), Andy King, Matty Fryatt, Bruno Berner, Martyn Waghorn, Richie Wellens, Paul Gallagher, Jack Hobbs
Subs: Robbie Nielson, Ryan McGivern, Nobby Solano, Steve Howard, Lloyd Dyer, Conrad Logan, Danny N’Guessan
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Ryan Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Patrick van Aanholt, Wayne Routledge, Nicky Butt (c), Alan Smith, Danny Guthrie, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll
Subs: Tim Krul, Tamas Kadar, Jonas Gutierrez, Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger, Fitz Hall, Fabrice Pancrate