The latest Newcastle v Leicester odds, plus live streaming news and betting odds as Papiss Cisse could fire the Magpies to victory at St James Park.
Struggling Newcastle United will hope to pick up their first win of the season, at the eighth time of asking, when they take on Leicester City at St James’ Park later today.
Under-fire Alan Pardew has haplessly watched on as the Magpies have drawn four and lost three games this season however despite the mounting pressure, the 53 year old has insisted that he is focused on picking up a first three points.
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“I’ve managed at three of the levels and they have all presented different challenges – which I’ve enjoyed,” Pardew told The Northern Echo. “As a manager you have real ups and downs – there is euphoria and some real dark days, which I’ve had recently here.
“You have to try to show a consistency in what you do. It’s not really a time for reflection for me this week, because Leicester is so important for this football club. All I’m focused on is getting the win we need for this city and the club.
“You have to try to improve. At the moment, the team is struggling. I need to use all of my resources to try to improve it. We’ve worked hard this week, particularly with the players who have stayed here to try to get them to a level where they’re ready to start.”
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One man who could fire his side to victory is Papiss Cisse. The Senegal striker has scored four goals in 3 games this season, matching his tally for the whole of last season. His goals have secured valuable points in recent draws with Hull and Swansea with Pardew singling him out as a man to make a difference.
“Papiss looks rejuvenated and there is a bit more enthusiasm in him. We’ve been missing his quality and he’s very important,” Pardew said.
The Magpies will be without three of their stars with Rolando Aarons, Siem de Jong (thigh) and Davide Santon (knee) all out however Daryl Janmaat and Paul Dummett are expected to return.
Leicester meanwhile are currently 12th in the table after a promising star and while their away form has not been as impressive as their home form they represent a strong challenge.
They will travel to the North East with doubts over the fitness of Matt Upson however aside from that manager Nigel Pearson has no other concerns.