Following a fifth league defeat of the season, Newcastle United remain in the relegation zone after picking up just two points from their first seven Premier League games.
Rafael Benitez’s side are still yet to pick up a win after a difficult start to the season in which they played four of last season’s top six in their opening five games. Despite picking up just one point after five games, to go along with some disappointing performances, Newcastle had hopes to kickstart their season after picking up a point last weekend. The Tyneside club have begun the season in the relegation zone but had picked up a positive result last weekend when they drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace.
This result, despite leaving Newcastle without a win and remaining in the relegation zone, had been seen as a starting point for the Magpies to begin to turn their form around, however a home defeat to Leicester City will set Benitez’s side back even further.
Ricardo Pereira had the game’s first chance when his left footed strike from just inside the box was tipped past the post by Martin Dubravka. Joselu spurned a great chance for Newcastle in the 18th minute. The striker was one-on-one against Kasper Schmeichel but took one to many touches and Harry Maguire recovered to make the tackle.
Leicester were awarded a penalty in the 29th minute after a DeAndre Yedlin handball. The ball dropped to Maguire from a corner and his half-volleyed effort was blocked by Yedlin with his arm. Dubravka went the right way from the penalty but couldn’t get a hand on Jamie Vardy’s penalty which he placed in the bottom left corner.
Newcastle had a penalty claim of their own in the second half. Ayoze Perez turned on the ball but Maguire appeared to obstruct Perez to prevent him getting to the ball. Replays showed Maguire holding off Perez with his arm but neither the referee or linesman waved for a penalty. This game could have looked so different had VAR been in place.
The score remained 1-0 as the game went deeper into the second half. That was until Harry Maguire doubled Leicester’s lead from a corner. England fans know just how dangerous Maguire can be from a set play after seeing him in action at the World Cup, but Newcastle weren’t able to keep him out. Maguire leapt higher than Clark to meet the cross and his header left the Newcastle keeper with little chance from such a close range.
Newcastle weren’t able to pull a goal back and the game finished at 2-0 to Leicester City. Another disappointing result for the Magpies will begin to frustrate some fans, especially as Newcastle will face another of last season’s top six in their next fixture.
Newcastle will take on Manchester United next weekend. Manchester United have themselves struggled to begin the season and have had clear problems between Mourinho and Paul Pogba. Newcastle will be hoping that Manchester United’s recent form and chemistry issues will be enough to see them get a positive result from next weekend’s match.
Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Yedlin (Manquillo 80), Lascelles, Clark, Kenedy, Ritchie (Murphy 65), Shelvey, Diame, Atsu, Perez (Muto 69), Joselu
Leicester line-up: Schmeichel Amartey, Maguire, Morgan, Chilwell, Pereira, Mendy, Ndidi, Maddison (Iborra 85), Iheancho, Vardy (Albrighton 74)