18 min Leicester win a corner, the first of the game I believe. They’re not very good at defending them but how about at the other end. Well, it goes rather well!!!
16 min Saint-Maximin has been quiet so far until now perhaps. He sets off on a weaving dribble towards the box but runs into traffic.
14 min Schmeichel has to be quick off his line to come and hack the ball into touch as Almiron chases optimistically. Leicester clear before a diagonal pass from Krafth finds Joelinton galloping into the box but from just to the left edge of the six-yard box he blazes over the bar from a tight angle.
11 min This time Shelvey goes down after taking a whack on the bonce from Dewsbury-Hall. From the free-kick, Soyuncu heads away but Burn twists and tries a volley in the box which is blocked. Leicester break but Newcastle quickly have runners to stop them.
10 min “From how he landed and stayed tense on the ground, it certainly looked like Burn was unconscious for a few seconds. Seems like nobody, from the medical staff to the officials to the pundits even contemplated that he might not be coming straight back on,” writes David Flynn. “If you listen closely you can hear Barry Glendenning saddling up his high horse. And rightly so.”
9 min Soyuncu concedes a free-kick near the halfway line as the rather stop-start opening to the game continues. Newcastle float it to the edge of the D but nothing doing.
7 min Newcastle win a throw near the left corner flag which Leicester clear. Burn, now back on, helps recycle possession before Almiron fouls Thomas near the Leicester box and the visitors win a free-kick.
5 min The first Saint-Maximin-inspired roar of expectation as the Frenchman chases a ball down the left but it goes out of play.
3 min A ball over the top causes panic in the Newcastle defence. Dubravka has to rush to the edge of the box with Daka in pursuit and the goalkeeper takes out Burn while trying to clear. Burn needs treatment and groggily gets to his feet. He appears to be holding his left shoulder.
2 min Shelvey has a pop from the free-kick. It dips in front of Schmeichel but the Dane gathers safely.
1 min An early crunching tackle fro Dan Burn gets an early roar. Leicester than give the ball up and Amartey goes into the book after just 40 seconds for a foul on Almiron about 35 yards out.
1 min Peep peep! Both sides take a knee and Leicester kick off.
Here come the teams. Newcastle in black and white, Leicester in blue and white. No daft away kits or anything. The sun is shining. All is good.
A reminder of today’s teams.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Burn, Targett, Shelvey, Joelinton, Guimaraes, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Wood.
Subs: Darlow, Dummett, Lascelles, Ritchie, Fernandez, Murphy, Willock, Gayle, Longstaff.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Justin, Amartey, Soyuncu, Thomas, Mendy, Dewsbury-Hall, Tielemans, Lookman, Perez, Daka.
Subs: Jakupovic, Evans, Barnes, Maddison, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Choudhury, Pereira, Castagne.
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe gives some chat to Sky Sports, discussing home form and any lingering relegation concerns.
“It’s been brilliant to play here in recent weeks and hopefully that’s the same again today. I think there’s a healthy pressure on them [the players] at the moment. I think there’s high expectations from everyone inside the club to perform at our best levels. There’s competition for places which is always a great thing for the squad and I think we’ve got a great group of professionals that know the job’s not done. We’re mentally ready to give our best.”
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers explains his team selection.
“The distance between the games, Thursday to Sunday, means we’re managing players coming back from long-term injuries so we have to do it. But also it means the guys that aren’t playing like James, Ricardo Pereira and Castagne, they’re not losing too much rhythm because we play again on Wednesday so it works well for the squad and I trust the players.”
We have another 2.15pm kick-off in the Premier League today – West Ham v Burnley. The visitors have Michael Jackson in charge following the sacking of Sean Dyche.
As Richard Jolly points out on Twitter: “Big musical news as Michael Jackson drops Lennon.”
West Ham: Fabianski, Diop, Dawson, Johnson, Cresswell, Bowen, Rice, Lanzini, Soucek, Vlasic, Antonio.
Burnley: Pope, Collins, Tarkowski, Taylor, Lowton, McNeil, Cornet, Cork, Westwood, Rodriguez, Weghorst.
On this day 16 years ago, Alan Shearer did this. The Newcastle Twitter feed is more than happy to share it given the opposition.
Leicester have one of their own although, strictly speaking, it was yesterday.
Plenty of other big games going on today and you can follow them right here.
And, of course, we’ll also have the second men’s FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Crystal Palace later today (4.30pm BST). The prolific Rob Smyth is on that one too.
The teams are in. Lots of changes for Leicester and only three of the starting XI against PSV on Thursday retain their places.
For Newcastle, Ryan Fraser hasn’t recovered from a hamstring strain so Miguel Almiron comes in.
Here’s an unlikely fact: Leicester have won their last five Premier League matches at St James’ Park. The aggregate score over that time? 15-4. But here’s a counter punch: Newcastle’s average points per home game in 2022 is 2.6 and that’s second only to Liverpool in a table of such things.
Both sides have certainly picked up in the last couple of months with Leicester winning seven and drawing two of their latest 11 games, the most recent a 2-1 win at PSV in the Europa Conference League.
Newcastle suffered a trio of away defeats at Chelsea, Everton and Spurs but bounced back to beat Wolves 1-0 last weekend. That was the win that probably ended any lingering relegation talk although, in his Bournemouth days, Magpies boss Eddie Howe was relegated with the same number of points that Newcastle are on now (34). He’ll want at least one more in the bag to make him feel nice and secure.
A game where all three results seem genuinely possible is never a bad thing so let’s see what Eddie and Brendan can serve up.
Kick-off is at 2.15pm BST.