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    Newcastle United vs Leicester City Preview. Newcastle's international stars face Leicester City following terrorist attacks.

    By Ryan Carter. Twitter: @TheRyanJCarter

    Newcastle United’s players return to Premier League action for the first time since the Paris attacks, as Leicester City travel to St James’ Park.

    Some of the Magpies’ international stars were present at stadiums targeted by terrorist groups over the past week, including Moussa Sissoko who was at the Stade de France on the night of the attacks in the French capitol.

    Elsewhere, Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat were in the Netherlands squad to face Germany four days later, before the game was abandoned following a bomb threat at the Hannover Stadium.

    Respect was shown by European sides, as minute silences were held and French flags were waved in memory of all those who died during the attacks.

    Premier League sides will do the same this weekend, as the league’s French players continue to recover mentally from the devastating assault on their home nation.

    But as this week’s international friendlies have shown, football is a powerful force, even during times as dark as these.

    Now as club football returns, fans and players of this fantastic game will come together to put on incredible displays across the country.

    Newcastle’s game against Leicester will undoubtedly attract the attention of many in particular, as Steve McClaren’s side looks to do what many clubs have failed to do this season, stop James Vardy.

    The England striker is on a fantastic scoring run, having found the back of the net an incredible 12 times in his last 12 games.

    Vardy’s impressive form has also seen the Leicester forward put himself in a position to equal Ruud van Nistelrooy record of scoring in ten consecutive league games.

    Van Nistelrooy set the record against Newcastle at St James’ in 2003 and should Vardy score, he would match the Dutchman’s astonishing achievement this Saturday.

    The Englishman’s heroics have played a vital part in Leicester’s success this season, with the club currently sitting in a Champions League place ahead of the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.

    Claudio Ranieri’s side has lost just one league game this campaign and his players go into this weekend’s contest having won the last two fixtures against their North East opponents.

    But Newcastle will be inspired by their recent victory over Bournemouth and McClaren’s side will want to continue to climb the league table having recently clawed their way out of the bottom three.

    McClaren will have a goalkeeping selection issue to address, as both Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow are expected to be fit for the game.

    Despite Darlow being named as second choice between the sticks behind Tim Krul at the start of the season, strong performances by Elliot have surely secured his place in the starting eleven.

    Newcastle will also be able to call upon Gabriel Obetan following a hamstring injury, but the contest will come too soon for Emmanuel Riviere, Steven Taylor, Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons and Massadio Haidara.

    Leicester’s only injury concern, other than Vardy who is expected to return from a hip injury, is Matthew James who will remain out of action until February with an ACL injury.

    Although the away side are having a significantly stronger season than their hosts, Newcastle could benefit from their opponents desperately trying to get their forward into the record books.

    The distraction may prove to be just what the Magpies need to sneak a result in this game, with players on the opposition in danger of looking out for Vardy instead of focusing on getting the win.

    This will be a mighty challenge for Newcastle however and goals should be expected from both sides, one of which will most likely prove to be record setting.

    Score Prediction: Newcastle United 2-2 Leicester City.
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