Two sides at opposite ends of the table meet at St James’ Park on Saturday, with Newcastle looking to halt Leicester’s momentum and start climbing the table themselves.
The Magpies’ dogged 1-0 win at Bournemouth a fortnight ago lifted them out of the relegation zone, and the home side will be hoping for their first back-to-back successes since this time last year, when they went on a run of six wins in a row.
The hosts have won their last five games against Leicester at St James’, and are striving to improve a home record that has seen them take maximum points from just three matches in 2015.
Leicester continue to confound the critics, and their 2-1 win over Watford before the international break consolidated their position in the top four.
If the Foxes avoid defeat in the north-east, they will set a new club record of 10 away games unbeaten – in all, Leicester have been defeated just twice in their last 21 games.
Rob Elliot is set to continue in goal for the home side after his match-winning display at Bournemouth, with Karl Darlow to take a place on the bench after recovering from a knock.
All eyes are on Jamie Vardy’s fitness for the visitors; the forward missed both of England’s games through injury but Claudio Ranieri is hopeful his main man will be fit to try and equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record of scoring in 10 consecutive games.
League Position: Newcastle – 17th (10 pts); Leicester – 3rd (25 pts)
Last Meeting: Leicester 3-0 Newcastle (May 2, 2015)
Key Players: Newcastle – Ayoze Perez; Leicester – Jamie Vardy
Form: Newcastle – DLWLDW; Leicester – LWDWWW
Shoot Says: Newcastle 2-2 Leicester