Leicester City finished a trying week with a vital 4-0 Premier League victory over Newcastle.
Leicester City finished a trying week with a vital 4-0 Premier League victory over Newcastle who has a tough run of fixtures ahead in December.
With Jamie Vardy benched and Jonny Evans pulled off with a hamstring injury after only a few minutes, it was shaping up to be another difficult afternoon for Leicester, who had already dealt with a Covid outbreak in midweek and their Europa League loss in Naples.
However, after James Maddison was deemed to have been tripped by Jamaal Lascelles, Youri Tielemans’ contentious penalty put them ahead.
Leicester’s second goal was soft, but it was uncontested, as Patson Daka tapped into an empty net to complete a beautiful team play initiated by a sublime Maddison pass.
Newcastle’s back line became weaker, and Leicester capitalised; Tielemans added a second, finishing off an unselfish Maddison pass, before Maddison got in on the act himself, sliding past Martin Dubravka following a one-two with Daka.
Leicester kept their first Premier League clean sheet since their opening day victory over Wolves, while Newcastle remain 19th, three points from safety, with Liverpool (A), Manchester City (H), and Manchester United (H) up next.