Newcastle United travel to Leicester City on Friday night in the Premier League and it looks an extremely difficult game on paper.
Rafael Benitez’s team lost to Leicester at St James’ Park earlier in the season and now have to try gain some revenge at the King Power Stadium.
The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of two consecutive defeats and it leaves them 15th in the league table.
Meanwhile, Leicester are on a four-game winning streak and appear to be thriving under their new manager Brendan Rodgers.
Newcastle are going to have to defend well to come away with any points, which is why the absence of injured star Sean Longstaff could sting even more than it has in recent weeks.
The defensive midfielder has been sidelined since early March with a knee injury and has claimed (Chronicle) that he hopes to return for pre-season.
Longstaff is an academy graduate that made a brilliant breakthrough into the first team this season and was shining bright in the Premier League before his injury setback.
The 21-year-old was proving to be a colossal force in the centre of the park that could break up play and help his backline, while also provide composure on the ball too.
He’s the type of figure that will be required to nullify Leicester’s attacking threat, which looks extremely potent right now.
The Foxes have been carving open teams with the deadly creative pair of James Maddison and Youri Tielemans from midfield
Benitez needs to try stop their influence on Friday night and hope it’s creative players such as Miguel Almiron or Salomon Rondon that can be the goalscoring threat.