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N. Mendy
W. Ndidi
A. Gordon
M. Almirón
J. Murphy
E. Anderson
A. Isak
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Bruno Guimarães
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Match Stats

77% 22%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 1
Total Passes 702 209
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That's all for today, goodbye!
Just the one point for Leicester means that their survival now depends on Everton losing at home to Bournemouth, and the Foxes getting a win over West Ham United on the Premier League's final day on Sunday. That is assuming Leeds United do not initiate an unlikely nine-goal swing in their favour when they host Tottenham. Newcastle, however, can put their feet up, at least metaphorically, when they visit Chelsea with nothing to play for besides pride, and potentially third place if Manchester United drop enough points in their remaining two fixtures.
Newcastle's home crowd celebrated the 0-0 draw against Leicester like a win, because it guarentees them Champions League football next season. The hosts dominated almost the entire match, hitting the post twice in the first half through Wilson and Almiron, and once more in the second 45 through Guimaraes. Iversen was the far busier goalkeeper, making good saves from Isak and Longstaff, but Pope was called into action for the first time in the dying minutes to deny Castagne a goal which would have put Leicester's Premier League fate back into their own hands ahead of the final day.
90' + 4' Newcastle appear to be happy with a point now, as Pope flops onto the ball to buy some time.
90' + 2' So nearly! The free-kick was played short, but Maddison did eventually cross the ball in. Castagne met it and was only denied by a fantastic save from Pope!
90' + 1' Leicester have a free-kick in a decent position after Burn's foul on Maddison on the right wing.
90' There will be five minutes of added time. Can Leicester find an improbable winner? They still have the ball at the moment.
N. Mendy
W. Ndidi
89' Ndidi is unable to continue and is replaced by Mendy.
A. Gordon
M. Almirón
88' Almiron is replaced by Gordon for the final moments.
87' Leicester now have their hosts penned in. We are one Newcastle mistake away from this being a masterclass by Smith.
85' Leicester have possession in Newcastle's half, perhaps a first shot of the days is on the cards for the visitors.
83' Yet another inswinging corner from Trippier, but Castagne is up to the challenge at the near post.
81' As it stands, it looks like Smith will be experiencing something new with this result. His prevous three visits to St James' Park all ended 1-1.
79' Following a recent theme in Newcastle's games, the Magpies fans are growing frustrated by their opponents running the clock down.
J. Murphy
E. Anderson
77' Murphy is the latest introduction to the field, replacing the game's first replacement in Anderson.
76' Another save! Trippier slips through Longstaff, who drills his effort low across goal. But Iversen is up to the challenge once again, keeping it out with his right boot.
75' Newcastle try to break through Leicester with some intricate passes, but the Foxes players are just too compact.
73' The home fans are as loud as they have been all day after a third instance of their side hitting the woodwork.
71' It's just not Newcastle's day! Another Trippier corner causes trouble. This time, his inswinger is on course to fly straight in, but for a great flick by Faes. Guimaraes is at the back post, but can only direct the ball onto the upright from point-blank range.
70' After their changes, Leicester have moved up the pitch slightly, and Iversen's long balls are starting to find a home.
A. Saint-Maximin
C. Wilson
68' Wilson's 200th Premier League appearance is brought to an early conclusion. He is replaced by Saint-Maximin in a move which will see Isak move down the middle.
67' Schar is encouraged to shoot by the fans, but unwisely. The Swiss defender's shot flies way over.
66' Leicester are now in a 4-3-3 shape, with Barnes and Maddison either side of Daka.
64' Leicester manage to win a corner, but Tielemans cannot find a team-mate.
H. Barnes
J. Vardy
63' Vardy is also off after an entirely forgettable hour for him. Barnes will hope to be more involved.
P. Daka
J. Evans
63' It's the end of the night for Evans, and also the end of the back five, with Daka his replacement.
62' Isak marauds in down the left, but is just about shepherded out by Ndidi before he can pull the trigger.
61' Once again, Leicester fail to get out of their defensive third. This time, even Tielemans and Maddison are unable to keep possession between themselves on the left.
59' Good save! Brilliant work by Almiron on the right distracted the Leicester defence, and the Newcastle man found Isak in space. The latter curled goalwards, forcing a decent save from Iversen.
57' As Iversen prepares to take a goal kick, Evans goes down briefly, but he will battle on for now.
55' A ninth Newcastle corner comes in, but a Leicester head is first to it.
53' Longstaff works some space on the edge of the box, but drags his shot well wide.
51' Despite Leicester's substitution, it has been more of the same from the Foxes, as they clear the ball far beyond Vardy for Newcastle to start another attack.
49' Penalty shout for Newcastle! Trippier sends a corner to Almiron on the edge of the box, and the Paraguayan's shot flies into Tielemans' midriff. If it did hit an arm, it's deemed to not be worthy of a spot-kick.
48' Leicester's 34 passes in the opening 45 minutes can only be bettered by Nottingham Forest (32 against Liverpool in April) for the fewest recorded by a team in a Premier League first half this season.
46' We're back underway.
J. Maddison
K. Ịheanachọ
45' And Smith does make an early change. Maddison replaces Iheanacho ahead of the second half.
Despite the disappointment of not scoring, if things remain as they are, Newcastle's primary aim of confirming Champions League football for next season will be achieved. For Leicester, change is necessary in the second 45, with a draw not enough to put their fate back in their hands ahead of the final Premier League matches in six days' time. With Barnes and Maddison both on the bench, Smith could well be persuaded into an early change.
After a slow start by both sides, Newcastle have been the only team to produce anything of note so far. They have hit the post through both Wilson and Almiron, and their number nine has also had a couple of other decent chances go astray. Isak has been busy, but he too squandered his biggest chance of the half after Almiron hit the woodwork.
45' + 3' Soumare is lucky not to give a late penalty away after a careless challenge on Almiron, who stays on his feet when he could easily have gone to ground.
45' + 1' Close again for Newcastle. Trippier's corner goes all the way to the back post, where it is just too high for Wilson, who heads over.
45' Better defending this time by Faes, who holds off his man before launching clear inside the six-yard box.
43' Post again! This time, Almiron volleys into the ground and his effort bounces onto the woodwork. The ball falls the way of Isak, but he can only send his shot wide.
42' Leicester are dropping deeper by the minute now. They need half-time to come as soon as possible.
40' Wilson hits the post! On his 200th Premier League appearance, Wilson rattles the post from close-range before seeing his follow-up headed off the line.
38' After Schar fires an effort goalwards, seven of the 10 outfield starters for Newcastle have now had an attempt on goal in the opening 38 minutes at St James' Park.
36' Vardy and Iheanacho are not involved in this game at all. They are reluctant to press the defence, but staying too high to block the midfield.
34' Almiron goes down on the edge of the box, but the ref is not interested.
33' Over half an hour down and Leicester haven't had one touch in Newcastle's box, or an attempt on goal. Their hosts have had 12 touches in the Leicester box.
31' A flurry of Newcastle crosses are headed away by Leicester defenders. The Foxes are holding firm for now.
30' Thomas gets the ball to the byline and cuts back, but it is deemed to have gone out.
28' Isak is requiring treatment after the challenge on Castagne which got him booked, but he is walking off and will carry on.
A. Isak
Yellow Card
27' Smart play from Castagne to draw a foul from Isak. The Belgian was about to break, but felt the tackle and went down before referee Andre Marriner brandished the second yellow card of the day to book the Swede.
26' Another Leicester long ball is met by a Newcastle defender as the hosts build yet another attack.
24' Another Newcastle corner, this time Trippier takes from the left. But the England international cannot beat the first man.
22' A shot at last! Anderson has some space on the corner of the box, cuts inside onto his right foot, but bends his effort too much and Iversen claims comfortably.
20' Leicester win the ball through a loose pass in Newcastle's midfield, but after getting it as far as Iheanacho, they can't hold on to it.
17' Wilson had the ball in Leicester's box, but again the centre-backs were able to keep their men at arm's length.
15' Leicester have looked fairly accomplished in defence so far, but can barely get a touch in Newcastle's half at the other end.
13' Isak is involved again, and manages to get past a couple of Leicester defenders before Souttar stops him as the last line of defence.
11' Trippier swings in a free kick from the right, but it comes to nothing.
Bruno Guimarães
Yellow Card
8' Guimaraes picks up the game's first yellow card of the game for a high challenge on Soumare with studs showing. The decision is met by boos, but the Newcastle player is lucky to escape with a booking.
7' Isak gets in down the left, but his ball across only finds Thomas to clear.
5' Trippier hits an outswinging corner from the right, but Leicester cope well and clear eventually.
3' It has been a cagey opening few minutes as you might expect. Neither side are managing to get a proper hold of the ball yet.
1' Iheanacho gets things underway.
The players are just emerging from the tunnel now.
As if it wasn't bleak enough for Leicester, Newcastle manager Howe has never lost a home match against the Foxes in the Premier League (won four, drawn two), including wins in each of the last three.
Eddie Howe two changes from his Newcastle side which won 4-1 against Brighton, with Longstaff returning at the expense of Joe Willock in midfield. Joelinton was injured in the warm-up, with Anderson a late replacement. The more surprising team news comes from Dean Smith, who drops both Barnes and Maddison to accommodate a back five. Ricardo Pereira also drops out, with Iheanacho, Thomas, and Souttar coming in.
SUBS: Alex Smithies, Harvey Barnes, James Maddison, Victor Kristiansen, Daniel Amartey, Patson Daka, Nampalys Mendy, Dennis Praet, Tete.
LEICESTER CITY (5-3-2): Daniel Iversen; Timothy Castagne, Wout Faes, Jonny Evans, Harry Souttar, Luke Thomas; Youri Tielemans, Boubakary Soumare, Wilfred Ndidi; Kelechi Iheanacho, Jamie Vardy.
SUBS: Martin Dubravka, Paul Dummett, Anthony Gordon, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jamal Lewis, Matt Targett, Jacob Murphy, Harrison Ashby, Lewis Miley.
NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-3-3): Nick Pope; Kieran Trippier, Sven Botman, Fabian Schar, Dan Burn; Elliot Anderson, Bruno Guimaraes, Sean Longstaff; Miguel Almiron, Callum Wilson, Alexander Isak.
Today's encounter is a huge game for both sides. Just a point for Newcastle will secure them Champions League football for the first time in 20 years. Meanwhile, Leicester know that by denying their hosts of that with a win, their survival hopes will be back in their hands with them climbing out of the bottom three.
Hello and welcome to this live text commentary of a huge match as Leicester City travel to St James' Park to face Newcastle United.