Newcastle United news: Shay Given makes Magpies vs Leicester prediction – Exclusive | Football | Sport


Thats the verdict of Toon legend Shay Given, who admits Claude Puel has had a huge impact since taking charge of the Foxes.

Newcastle sit five points clear of the drop zone having collected fifteen points from their opening 15 Premier League fixtures.

They’re bottom of the form table though having taken just a single point from their past six top flight matches.

Leicester, meanwhile, are five points better off than Newcastle and can move up a place to eighth if they win at St. James’ Park.

However, Given believes Newcastle will come out on top from the Premier League showdown.

“I’m hoping to see them [Newcastle] win the game,” Given told Express Sport, after predicting a 2-1 Magpies win. “But it’s gonna be a difficult game, of course.

“Leicester are playing really well. Obviously the new manager’s come in and they’ve done very, very well under their new manager.

“It’s gonna be a very difficult game, I think. Newcastle have won once in 10 [games], their form isn’t very good.

“In an ideal world they’re gonna win the game, but I think it’s gonna be a tough one.”

Given reckons Rafa Benitez will retain Newcastle supporters’ backing, despite their ongoing struggles.

“I don’t know,” he added. “There’s just so much speculation surrounding the takeover.

“Even Rafa himself said in the summer time that he’s wanting one more players in, because he knows what the Premier League’s like.

“It’s a tough league, it’s a long winter and it’s a long way until the [transfer] window.

“There’s a few weeks until the window now and they’ve got six games over the next four weeks so there’s no let-up.

“I don’t know if Rafa’s under pressure. I think the fans are really happy with Rafa and they want him to be given right backing – whether that be with Mike Ashley or the new owners.

“I just feel that they want something to happen very soon.”

Shay Given was on Tyneside to open DW Fitness First’s new DW Sports store at Newcastle’s Metrocentre.

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