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Newcastle’s Mohamed Diame set for key battle v Leicester’s James Maddison

Mohamed Diame during the Newcastle United Training Session at The Newcastle United Training Centre on September 26, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle have had a difficult start to the Premier League season.

Mohammed Diame of Newcastle in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal FC at St. James Park on September 15, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

Newcastle United host Leicester City at St James’ Park on Saturday and are in desperate need of their first Premier League win of the season.

Rafael Benitez’s side need to be on the front foot at home and can get at a vulnerable Foxes backline, but must be wary of the attacking threat their upcoming opponents possess.


After star centre-forward Jamie Vardy, summer signing James Maddison is arguably the most dangerous threat going forward for Leicester.

The in-form playmaker has become an instant success at the King Power Stadium since he joined from Norwich City and has already scored three goals in six league games, while chipping in with an assist too.

Maddison, 21, is an attacking midfielder that will pick up space just in front of the Newcastle defence and is being tipped by most to become a future England international.

Newcastle need to be fully switched on to stopping the creative maestro and defensive midfielder Mohamed Diame could hold the keys to limiting his influence.

James Maddison of Leicester City runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Huddersfield Town at The King Power Stadium on September 22, 2018 in...

Diame hasn’t quite hit the top form he showed last season on a consistent basis, but still has the joint-second best record in the Premier League this season for most tackles (23).

The 31-year-old can help anchor the Magpies defence and it may be a smart idea to have the enforcer keep a close eye on Maddison.

James Maddison of Leicester City celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Huddersfield Town at The King Power Stadium on...

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