Ahead of tomorrow’s fixture, we let FIFA 18 give you a look at Newcastle United vs. Leicester City.
Before the clubs meet at St. James’ Park, Newcastle United and Leicester City faced off in a FIFA 18 simulation. Per usual, the lineups reflected each club’s most recent match.
It didn’t take long for Leicester City to get their attack going. In the 3rd minute, Demarai Gray curled a shot on frame that was easily handled by Karl Darlow. Surprisingly, Mohamed Diame was the most forward-thinking player for Newcastle early. He helped move the action towards dangerous areas, but twice his final pass was intercepted as it entered the box.
The Foxes scored the opener at the quarter-hour mark. Jamie Vardy beat Chancel Mbemba down the flank and his cross was perfect, meeting the head of Wilfred Ndidi. The Nigerian blasted his effort into the top of the net, leaving Darlow no chance.
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Diame would finally finish an attack after his positive start. In the 28th minute, Matt Ritchie found him right at the top of the area. His low strike beat Kasper Schmeichel near post. Dwight Gayle almost doubled the advantage twice over the next ten minutes, but both efforts were turned away. At the half, Newcastle had an advantage 3-2 on shots and held 62% of possession.
Jacob Murphy put the Magpies ahead with a diving header in the 57th minute off a cross from Ayoze Perez. Jonjo Shelvey replaced Diame shortly after the goal. Ciaran Clark shoved Vardy down in the area to award Leicester a 70th-minute penalty. Riyad Mahrez took the PK and went left, but Darlow guessed correct and knocked it away.
Unfortunately, Darlow couldn’t keep out the next shot he faced. Substitute Andy King found Vardy unmarked in the area and he headed home the equalizer. Joselu came off the bench and had a chance to win it in the dying moments, but his shot didn’t get past the defenders. The match ended level 2-2.
Jacob Murphy was the highest rated Newcastle player, while Ciaran Clark was at the opposite end of that spectrum.