Newcastle United will hope the appointment of Rafa Benitez can inspire them to an unlikely win at Premier League table toppers Leicester City on Monday night.
Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez is fit after being forced off with cramp against Watford, but Matty James is unlikely to be risked. despite returning to full training following a serious knee injury which has forced him to miss all of the season so far.
Newcastle, meanwhile, will have a new man in the dugout after Rafa Benitez was confirmed as Steve McClaren’s replacement.
Benitez will not have Paul Dummett at his disposal after the left-back aggravated a hamstring problem during last weekend’s 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth, while skipper Fabricio Coloccini remains a doubt with a calf injury.
Midfielder Andros Townsend will hope to have shaken off the hamstring problem which has kept him out of the last two games, but goalkeeper Tim Krul (knee), defenders Chancel Mbemba (ankle), Massadio Haidara (knee) and Kevin Mbabu (thigh) and midfielder Gabriel Obertan (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.
Kick-off at the King Power Stadium on Monday night is at 8pm.
- Leicester City have won their last two Premier League games against Newcastle United after winning none of the previous seven (D3 L4).
- Leicester have lost just one of their last 17 Premier League games at the King Power Stadium (W11 D5 L1).
- Claudio Ranieri’s team have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six Premier League home matches, but conceded two goals in their last league game there (2-2 v WBA).
- Newcastle have lost 17 of their last 21 Premier League away matches.
- The Magpies have scored just eight goals in their last 20 Premier League away games, failing to score at all in 13 of these matches.
- Newcastle have failed to score in 12 of their Premier League games this season, a joint league-high alongside Watford and Aston Villa.
- Leicester City on the other hand have scored in 26 Premier League games this season, more often than any other team.
- Newcastle United have lost their last eight Premier League matches played on a Monday and have failed to score in the last five of these. All eight of these have been away from home.
- Riyad Mahrez has been involved in a league-high 26 Premier League goals this season (15 goals, 11 assists) and is the only player to be in double figures for both goals and assists.
- Leonardo Ulloa has scored three goals in three Premier League appearances against Newcastle United, more than against any other opponent.