Leicester City 0-1 Newcastle United: Ayoze Perez’s goal all-but secures Premier League safety

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The striker’s eighth goal of the season earned the Magpies a 1-0 victory and their first victory on the road since December.

It moved Newcastle up to 13th, 10 points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone, having played up to two games more than their rivals with four matches remaining.

Salomon Rondon’s splendid first-half free kick hit the bar for Newcastle and Jamie Vardy missed the Foxes’ best chance when he lifted over late on as the hosts’ four-game winning run ended.

Defeat was also a major dent in the race for seventh and a possible Europa League spot with Watford, Everton and Wolves all ready to take advantage over the weekend.

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  • Newcastle have won back-to-back league visits to Leicester in the top-flight for the first time since September 1959 under manager Charlie Mitten.
  • This was Leicester City’s eighth home league defeat of the campaign, their most in a Premier League season at the King Power Stadium since it opened in 2002. Only in 1994-95 (10) and 2001-02 (9) have they lost more home Premier League games in a single season.
  • Newcastle have now picked up 16 points away from home in the Premier League this season (P17 W3 D7 L7), as many as they earned in the whole of the 2017-18 campaign on the road.
  • Leicester City completed 649 passes in this match, their highest total in a Premier League game since 2003-04 (when Opta began recording this data); indeed, three of their four highest successful pass tallies in this time in the division have been recorded in their six fixtures under Brendan Rodgers.
  • Ayoze Pérez has been directly involved in four of Newcastle’s last six league goals (three goals, one assist), scoring three of their last five.
  • Ayoze Pérez’s opener for Newcastle was his seventh Premier League goal of the season, but the first to come away from home.
  • Since his debut for Newcastle at the start of the 2016-17 Championship season, Matt Ritchie has assisted 17 league goals for the club, at least four more than any other player in that time.

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