The Magpies looking to bounce back from Saturday’s shock defeat away to lower-league side, Sheffield Wednesday.
That 2-1 loss at Hillsborough ensured that the Tynesiders have now crashed out in the third round of the FA Cup in three successive seasons, having notably slipped up at home to Cambridge United a year ago.
Such a disappointing result has now put even more pressure on Eddie Howe‘s men ahead of tonight’s meeting at St James’ Park, with the northeast side seeking to end their 54-year barren run with regard to silverware.
Ahead of that crucial clash with the Foxes, here’s how Football FanCast predicts that the northeast side will line up…
Howe revealed in his pre-match press conference that his side will be going “full strength” in their bid to progress to the last four, with that likely to see a raft of changes from the heavily-rotated lineup that was downed by the Owls last time out.
The first of what could potentially be eight alterations for Newcastle should well be the return of Nick Pope in the sticks, with Howe admitting that the England international – and centre-back Fabian Schar – should be fit to feature from the start.
The only survivor from the weekend in the backline will likely be summer signing Sven Botman, with Premier League regulars Kieran Trippier and Dan Burn set to resume their usual roles at full-back.
As for the midfield, academy graduate Sean Longstaff could well be joined by Joe Willock and Bruno Guimaraes in the centre of the park, with the latter duo having only featured off the bench against Darren Moore’s men.
The “magnificent” Guimaraes – as previously described by club legend Alan Shearer – had sparked hope of a comeback after netting with just over 20 minutes left to play, although the visitors were unable to find a way through against their League One hosts.
Ahead of that trio, it should well be all change in the forward line, with Matt Ritchie, Jacob Murphy and Alexander Isak set to make way, with the latter man having looked somewhat “rusty” on his return from injury, as per Shields Gazette’s Dominic Scurr.
Howe will likely redeploy Joelinton on the left flank – with the Brazilian having started in midfield last time out – while Paraguayan gem Miguel Almiron should return on the opposite side, with Allan Saint-Maximin something of a doubt.
The final attacking berth will seemingly be taken up by Callum Wilson, with the Englishman having netted four times and provided two assists in ten meetings with Leicester in his career to date.