Newcastle United vs Leicester City Prediction, 1/3/2021 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Newcastle United vs Leicester City
Date: Sunday, January 3, 2021
Location: St. James' Park in Tyne, England
Odds/Point Spread: Newcastle United (+550) Leicester City (+100)
St. James' Park is the site where Miguel Almiron and Newcastle United (5-3-6, 13th in the EPL) will take on Leicester City (9-1-5, 3rd in the EPL) on Sunday. The starting goalies will be Karl Darlow for Newcastle United and Kasper Schmeichel for Leicester City. Newcastle United are at +550 while the Foxes are at +100. The O/U has been set at 2.5.
Newcastle United faced off with Manchester City in their last matchup and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 2-0. Newcastle United attempted 10 dribbles in this contest and successfully completed 5 of the attempts for a rate of 50.0%. In sharing the ball, they had a 77.5% passes received rate by connecting on 217 of the 280 pass targets last game. Regarding shot accuracy, Newcastle United walked away from the pitch at a 25.0% rate by landing 2 shots on target out of 8 shots. Newcastle United is averaging 1.14 g/90 (16 total goals) and have accounted for 10 assists in all games this season.
Miguel Almiron is a player who should impact this matchup for Newcastle United. He has totaled 26 assists while earning 14 yellow card warnings during his career. Almiron has been given a starting assignment in 134 outings in his career while he scores 0.21 goals per 90 mins. The forward from Paraguay has earned 28 goals in 11,889 mins played. Another player who should impact this match is Callum Wilson, the forward born in England. He has helped on a goal 29 times in his career and he has scored 93 total goals. Wilson has accumulated 19,842 mins during 225 starting assignments and has been handed 34 yellow cards. He currently averages 0.42 goals per 90 for his career.
The man who is expected to protect the net for Newcastle United will be Karl Darlow. Darlow has defended the goal for 17,027 minutes and has 435 saves during his soccer career. His GA/90 is 1.28 (242 goals allowed) and he holds a save percentage of .650. The goalie from England has seen 671 shots attempted against him in 189 starts. Darlow (75-56-56 mark during his soccer career) has accounted for 55 shutouts, which leaves him with a 29.1% shutout percentage.
In their last outing, Leicester City weren't able to secure a win with a final of 2-2 against Manchester United. Leicester City had a 53.8% successful dribble percentage by connecting on 7 of the 13 dribbles they pursued. They finished this game by connecting on 427 out of their 514 passing attempts for a rate of 83.1%. Leicester City landed 1 SoT out of 10 shots tried which had them at a 10.0% clip in their last game. Having earned a total of 25 goals and 14 assists in all matches, Leicester City has an average of 1.67 goals and 0.93 assists per 90 minutes.
James Maddison will need to be on top of his game for Leicester City. He is averaging 0.27 goals per 90 mins and has been a starter in 141 contests during his pro soccer career. The midfielder representing England has been on the field for 12,675 professional minutes while scoring 38 goals. He has 23 yellow card cautions during his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 27 times. Be sure to keep an eye out for Jamie Vardy, the forward representing England. Vardy has been handed 37 yellow card cautions in 25,738 professional minutes played (296 starting assignments). His goals per 90 min average in his pro soccer career is 0.58. He has scored 165 goals during his career while assisting a teammate on a goal 52 times.
Kasper Schmeichel will reside in front of the net for Leicester City. In his career, Schmeichel has surrendered 578 goals and has totaled 1,510 stops in 512 starts. He has allowed 1.13 goals per 90 while holding a record of 234-132-148. He sports a save percentage of .730 and his clean sheet rate sits at 34.4%. Schmeichel has totaled 176 shutouts while defending 2,071 shots against him in 46,094 minutes in his career.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Newcastle United (+550) and over 2.5 goals
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