This Leicester City star can exploit Newcastle United - Merson

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Newcastle United fans hoping for a win at St James Park will be disappointed by Leicester City, according to Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson.

In 300 Premier League minutes (three starts and two as a substitute), Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy has returned a brace of assists and one goal - an attacking efficiency of a goal scored or assist provided once every 100 minutes he is on the field.

And the 27-year-old could be the difference maker against Newcastle United, according to Paul Merson, who believes the Englishman is capable of exploiting the Magpies when attacking on the counter.

"This is one of those games where the Newcastle fans will turn up expecting to win," said Merson. "They drew their last game with Swansea, which was a bit of a bonus because a lot of people didn’t expect them to get anything there, but the expectations will be different here because they’re at home to a promoted side.

"I know Leicester are doing great, but the pressure will be on the home players."

He continued: "I think it’s a hard game because Leicester will fancy their chances.

"Newcastle will bomb forward and they could get caught on the break by the pace of Jamie Vardy – so this could be a wide-open and gung-ho game. A draw is no good for Newcastle, but I see that happening."

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