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Newcastle v Leicester preview: Magpies set to land Champions League prize

Newcastle United host relegation-threatened Leicester City in the Premier League on Monday evening and the Magpies have the chance to seal a top-four finish.

Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday means the Magpies need only one point from their final two fixtures to qualify for the Champions League, while the Foxes are in the relegation zone with just two games to play.

WhatNewcastle United v Leicester City
WhereSt James' Park, Newcastle
When20:00, Monday 22nd May
How to watchSky Sports Premier League & Main Event
OddsNewcastle 4/11, Draw 17/4, Leicester 6/1

Another entertaining home win on the cards

Newcastle have had a couple of flat spots this season, most notably a run of one win in eight games which culminated in a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in March.

The Magpies scored only three goals during that sequence, but have since rediscovered their scoring touch in spectacular fashion, winning nine of their subsequent 12 Premier League matches.

Liverpool's weekend slip-up has eased the pressure on Eddie Howe's men and they should be buoyant after last Thursday's 4-1 home win over a classy Brighton side.

Both teams have found the net in the Magpies' last 10 victories in all competitions, so the 13/8 about Newcastle in the Result/Both Teams To Score market is well worth considering.

Neither of these teams are renowned for their defensive solidity and Newcastle, despite their lofty league position, have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 league and cup fixtures.

Leicester's record is even worse as their only shutouts in 25 games since Christmas came against League Two opponents in the FA Cup, with that sequence starting with a 3-0 home defeat to Newcastle on Boxing Day.

Over 3.5 Goals has been a winning bet in five of Newcastle's last six Premier League matches and they hit the post twice in the other game, a 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal in an end-to-end contest.

City's last three games have produced a 2-2 draw with fellow strugglers Everton, a 5-3 loss at Fulham and a 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

They desperately need to take maximum points from their trip to St James' Park, so Over 3.5 Goals at 11/10 looks a good bet in what should be an open game.

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Wilson finishing with a flourish

Newcastle's Thursday-night triumph over Brighton has taken its toll on the squad and manager Howe will assess the fitness of Kieran Trippier, Joelinton and Jacob Murphy before selecting his starting line-up on Monday.

Midfielder Joe Willock, who has started 31 of his side's 36 league matches this term, is out with a hamstring injury but striker Callum Wilson should be raring to go.

Wilson has responded superbly to the competition from record signing Alexander Isak, scoring 11 goals in his last 10 matches including braces against West Ham, Everton, Southampton and Leeds.

The England man is 3/1 to be First Goalscorer on Monday and 15/4 for two or more goals in the Multi Scorers market.

Miguel Almiron is also worth considering at 2/1 in the Anytime Goalscorer betting.

The Paraguayan notched in the reverse fixture at Leicester, during his hot streak of eight goals in nine league games either side of the World Cup, and he had four shots in the win over Brighton.

Foxes must sharpen up in penalty areas

Leicester will have to take their chances at St James' Park if they are to earn a vital victory, but they have lacked ruthlessness in recent games under Dean Smith.

James Maddison and Jamie Vardy missed penalties against Everton and Fulham respectively and the Foxes have failed to convert four of their last six spot-kicks in the Premier League and FA Cup.

It is 8/1 that Leicester score a penalty on Monday night and 25/1 that they miss another spot-kick.

Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope has saved two of the last three penalties he has faced, denying Patrick Bamford of Leeds and Brentford's Ivan Toney.

Leicester have struggled for defensive consistency under Smith and his predecessor Brendan Rodgers this season and, with centre-back Caglar Soyuncu likely to miss out through injury, they are 14/1 To Win to Nil against their in-form hosts.

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