Wednesday 20 March 2019

Puel wary of Toon

Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez
Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez

Leicester manager Claude Puel is wary of the threat Newcastle pose despite the Magpies' recent poor run of results.

After making a solid start on their return to the Premier League, Rafa Benitez's team head into today's home game with the Foxes on a six-match winless streak consisting of five defeats - a run that has seen them slip to 15th in the table.

In contrast, Leicester travel to St James' Park looking for a third straight victory having taken 11 points from the six games since Puel took over.

Despite the two team's differing fortunes, Puel is expecting a tough match.

"We have a lot of respect for Newcastle," the Frenchman said. "They are a good team and have a great manager.

"They had a good start to the season and they have good structure, good play and strong on the counter-attack.

"We need to keep a good concentration. It will be a difficult atmosphere."

Leicester have no new injury problems, with Demarai Gray expected to keep his place after scoring the winner against Burnley last week.

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