On-form Foxes ex­pect­ing a tough test at St James’ Park

The Chronicle - - Nufc -

CLAUDE Puel has told his Le­ices­ter City play­ers to ex­pect a dif­fi­cult en­counter at St James’ Park on Satur­day night – de­spite the Foxes’ solid Premier League form.

City go into their next en­counter on the back of im­pres­sive wins against Burn­ley and Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, and have lost just one game in the last six fix­tures.

How­ever, Puel – who took over from Craig Shake­speare ear­lier in the sea­son – is cau­tious ahead of the tele­vised game on Ty­ne­side.

Puel said: “We have a lot of re­spect for New­cas­tle. They have a great man­ager with qual­ity in the team.

“It’ll be a dif­fi­cult at­mos­phere with 50,000 peo­ple and an­other good chal­lenge.”

St James’ Park proved to be a happy hunt­ing ground for Le­ices­ter and Eng­land star Jamie Vardy two sea­sons ago.

Back in 2015, Vardy equalled a Premier League record when scor­ing for the 10th game in a row dur­ing a 3-0 win.

Vardy is look­ing for his 50th Premier League goal on Satur­day and has been backed by Puel to get it at St James’.

He said: “If we can help him to score it will be 50 goals, which is a good thing.

“He is a great player, and now with a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, ma­tu­rity in the Premier League he can give a lot to the team. I was sur­prised to know his qual­i­ties.

“He’s en­joy­ing his foot­ball, it’s amaz­ing to see.

“He works hard for the team and al­ways has a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.”

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