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