Predicted Newcastle side to play Leicester: Ritchie and Diame should be dropped

A general view of St. James' Park, home of Newcastle United Football Club on March 5, 2011 in Newcastle, England.

Newcastle United and Leicester City go head-to-head this weekend.

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on November 18, 2017...

Predicted Newcastle side to play Leicester

Newcastle United welcome Leicester City to St. James' Park on Saturday for their latest Premier League clash and the Magpies will be hoping to get their first victory in seven attempts.

Rafa Benitez's men have slipped alarmingly down the table in recent weeks and they cannot afford to drop more points when they host the Foxes.

Newcastle are currently 15th in the table, only five points clear of the relegation zone with the busy Christmas fixtures fast approaching.

As for Leicester, they are five points better off and will be looking to stake a claim for the best of the rest after a resurgent run under their new boss Claude Puel.

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring his sides first goal with Mohamed Diame of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United...

In early team news Newcastle are likely to be without Jamaal Lascelles due to a foot injury while Paul Dummett and Christian Atsu are rated at 50 per cent, with the former lacking match fitness and the latter suffering from a thigh problem.

A win for Newcastle would give them a timely boost and could shoot them back up to 10th in the league but it will be easier said than done.

With all that in mind here is how we expect Newcastle to line up against Leicester this weekend:

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