Newcastle vs Leicester LIVE: Result and reaction as Eddie Howe’s side clinch Champions League football

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Newcastle need just one point to secure Champions League football next season as they host Leicester City in the Premier League tonight.

Eddie Howe’s men are currently third in the table and know that if they avoid defeat to the Foxes they will secure a top four finish in the first full season since the Saudi-backed takeover of the club.

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Leicester meanwhile are hoping to avoid relegation. They are 19th in the table but a victory tonight would send them out of the drop zone (on goal difference) ahead of this weekend’s final league fixtures.

Dean Smith’s side have not won in four matches and were heavily beaten last time out against Liverpool. Can they surprise the Magpies and earn a win away from home?

We’ll have all the action from St. James’ Park in our live blog below:

Newcastle United vs Leicester City LIVE: Premier League updates

Newcastle United FC 0 - 0 Leicester City FC

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

22:03

Newcastle United's home crowd celebrated a 0-0 draw against Leicester City like a win, because it guarentees them Champions League football next season. The hosts dominated almost the entire match, hitting the post twice in the first half through Wilson and Almiron, and once more in the second 45 through Guimaraes. Iversen was the far busier goalkeeper, making good saves from Isak and Longstaff, but Pope was called into action for the first time all game in the dying minutes to deny Castagne a goal which would have put Leicester's Premier League fate back into their own hands ahead of the final day.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

22:01

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:59

FULL-TIME: NEWCASTLE UNITED 0-0 LEICESTER CITY

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:58

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:57

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:57

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:56

Newcastle appear to be happy with a point now, as Pope flops onto the ball to buy some time.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:55

So nearly! The free kick was played short but eventually Maddison did cross the ball in. Castagne met it and was only denied by a fiantastic save from Pope!

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:54

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:54

Free kick to Leicester in a decent position after Burn's foul on Maddison on the right-wing.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:53

There wil be five minutes of added time. Can Leicester find an improbable winner? They still have the ball for at least for the moment.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:52

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:51

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:51

Ndidi is unable to continue and is replaced by Mendy.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:50

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:49

Substitution Miguel Ángel Almirón Rejala Anthony Michael Gordon

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:49

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:48

Leicester have possession in Newcastle's half, perhaps a first shot of the night for the visitors is on the cards.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:46

Yet another inswinging corner from Trippier, but Castagne is up to the challenge at the near-post.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:44

As it stands it looks like Dean Smith will be experiencing something new with this result. His prevous three visits to St James' Park all ended 1-1.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:42

Following a recent theme in Newcastle's games, the Magpies fans are growing frustrated by their opponents running the clock down.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:39

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:39

Substitution Elliot Anderson Jacob Kai Murphy

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:39

Newcastle try to break through Leicester with some intricate passes, but the Foxes players are just too compact.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:37

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:37

The home fans are as loud as they have been all evening after a third instance of their side hitting the woodwork.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:35

It's just not Newcastle's day! Another Trippier corner causes trouble. This time his inswinger is on course to fly straight in but for a great flick by Faes. Guimaraes is at the back post but can only direct the ball onto the post from point-blank range.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:35

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:32

After their changes, Leicester have moved up the pitch slightly, and Iversen's long balls are starting to find a home.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:30

Schar is encouraged to shoot by the fans, but unwisely. The Swiss defender's shot flies way over.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:29

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:30

Substitution Callum Eddie Graham Wilson Allan Irénée Saint-Maximin

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:28

Leicester are now in a 4-3-3 shape, with Barnes and Maddison either side of Daka.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:28

Leicester manage to win a corner, but Tielemans cannot find a team-mate.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:25

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:25

It's the end of the night for Evans, and also the end of the back five, with Daka his replacement.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:25

Isak marrauds in down the left but is just about shepherded out by Ndidi before he can pull the trigger.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:25

Substitution Jamie Richard Vardy Harvey Lewis Barnes

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:23

Once again, Leicester fail to get out of their defensive third. This time, even Tielemans and Maddison are unable to keep possession between themselves on the left.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:22

Good save! Brilliant work by Almiron on the right distracted the Leicester defence, and the Newcastle man found Isak in space. The latter curled goalwards, forcing a decent save from Iversen.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:20

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:19

As Iversen prepares to take a goal kick, Evans goes down briefly, but he will battle on for now.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:19

A ninth Newcastle corner comes in, but a Leicester head is first to it.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:15

Longstaff works some space on the edge of the box, but drags his shot well wide.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:14

Despite Leicester's substitution it's more of the same, as they clear the ball far beyond Jamie Vardy for Newcastle to start another attack.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:13

Penalty shout for Newcastle! Trippier sends a corner to Almiron on the edge of the box, and the Paraguayan's shot flies into Tielemans' midriff. If it did hit an arm, it's deemed to not be worthy of a spot-kick.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:11

Leicester's 34 passes in the first half can only be bettered by Nottingham Forest (32 v Liverpool in April) for fewest passes by a team in a Premier League first half this season.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:08

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:08

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:08

We're back underway.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:06

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:06

Substitution Kelechi Promise Ịheanachọ James Daniel Maddison

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

21:00

Despite the disappointment of not scoring, if things remain as they are, Newcastle's primary aim of confirming Champions League football for next season will be achieved. For Leicester, change is necessary in the second 45, with a draw not enough to put their fate back in their hands ahead of the final Premier League matches in six days. With Barnes and Maddison both on the bench, Dean Smith could well be persuaded into an early change.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:54

After a slow start by both sides, Newcastle have been the only team to produce anything of note so far. They have hit the post through both Wilson and Almiron, and their number nine has also had a couple of other decent chances go astray. Isak has been busy but he too squandered his biggest chance of the half after Almiron hit the woodwork.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:51

HALF-TIME: NEWCASTLE UNITED 0-0 LEICESTER CITY

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:51

Soumare is lucky not to give a late penalty away after a careless challenge on Almiron, who stays on his feet.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:50

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:50

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:49

Close again for Newcastle. Trippier's corner goes all the way to the back post, where it is just too high for Wilson, who heads over.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:48

Better defending this time by Faes, who holds off his man before launching clear inside the six-yard box.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:47

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:46

Leicester are dropping deeper by the minute now. They need half-time to come as soon as possible.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:46

Post again! This time Almiron volleys onto the floor and his effort bounces onto the woodwork. The ball bounces the way of Isak but he can only send the ball wide.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:45

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:45

Wilson hits the post! On his 200th Premier League appearance, Wilson rattles the post from close-range before seeing his follow-up headed off the line.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:43

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:41

After Schar fires an effort goalwards, seven of the ten outfield starters for Newcastle have now had an attempt on goal in the opening 38 minutes at St James' Park.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:41

Thomas gets the ball to the byline and cuts back, but it is deemed to have gone out.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:40

Vardy and Iheanacho are not involved in this game at all. They are reluctant to press the defence, but staying too high to block the midfield.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:38

Another Leicester long ball is met by a Newcastle defender as the hosts build yet another attack.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:37

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:36

Almiron goes down on the edge of the box but the ref is not interested.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:36

Over half an hour down and Leicester haven't had one touch in Newcastle's box, or an attempt on goal. Their hosts have had 12 touches in the Leicester box.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:34

A flurry of Newcastle crosses are headed away by Leicester defenders. The Foxes are holding firm for now.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:32

Isak is requiring treatment after the challenge on Castagne which got him booked, but he is walking off and will carry on.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:28

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:29

Yellow Card Alexander Isak

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:27

Another Newcastle corner, this time Trippier takes from the left. But the England international cannot beat the first man.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:26

A shot at last! Anderson has some space on the corner of the box, cuts inside onto his right foot, but bends his effort too much and Iversen claims comfortably.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:24

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:23

Leicester win the ball through a loose pass in Newcastle's midfield, but after getting it as far as Iheanacho, they can't hold on to it.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:20

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:20

Wilson had the ball in Leicester's box, but again the centre-backs were able to keep their men at arm's length.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:20

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:19

Leicester have looked fairly accomplished in defence so far, but can barely get a touch in Newcastle's half at the other end.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:16

Isak is involved again, and manages to get past a couple of Leicester defenders before Souttar stops him as the last line of defence.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:14

Trippier swings in a free kick from the right, but it comes to nothing.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:11

Yellow Card Bruno Guimarães Rodriguez Moura

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:10

Isak gets in down the left but his ball across only finds Thomas to clear.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:09

Trippier hits an outswinging corner from the right, but Leicester cope well and clear eventually.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:06

It has been a cagey opening few minutes as you might expect. Neither side are managing to get a proper hold of the ball yet.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:05

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:04

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:02

Iheanacho gets things underway.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:02

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:02

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

20:00

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

19:59

The players are just emerging from the tunnel now.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

19:57

Newcastle United vs Leicester City

19:54

As if it wasn't bleak enough for Leicester, Newcastle manager Howe has never lost a home match against the Foxes in the Premier League (won four, drawn two), including wins in each of the last three.

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