Premier League Preview – Leicester City
With no away goals scored in the Premier League and still seeking their first away win of the season, Palace travel to the King Power Stadium to take on in form Leicester City.
The Eagles have only managed two points on their league travels this season and will be looking to address that sooner rather than later. However, the late win at home to Watford has extended the unbeaten run to six games with just one defeat in eight league games which must continue ahead of a tough couple of games to see out the year.
Hosts Leicester enter this fixture off the back of a thumping win at Southampton which few expected on Claude Puel’s return to the club that sacked him at the end of last season.
The Foxes are in great form themselves since the appointment of the Frenchman Puel with just one loss in the last twelve games and that defeat was at runaway leaders Manchester City.
It will be a tall order for the Eagles to get anything out of this game but the passion and fighting spirit shown in the last game will give them and the fans hope. If they are to get anything out of this game, they will have to do it without Luka Milivojevic who received his fifth booking of the season against Watford.
CRYSTAL PALACE – Joel Ward (groin) is a major doubt while Mamadou Sakho (calf), Damien Delaney (surgery), Chung-yong Lee (muscle) and Connor Wickham (knee) all miss out.
LEICESTER CITY – Robert Huth (foot) and Matty James (Achilles) both continue to miss out.
The last time these two sides met was at Selhurst Park in April which ended in a 2-2 draw. Defender Robert Huth gave the visitors the lead early on and Jamie Vardy doubled the lead shortly after the break. Yohan Cabaye pulled one back just two minutes later and Christian Benteke ensured the points were shared with a goal twenty minutes from time.
Who Scored man of the match – Christian Benteke (8.80)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 15/04/2017 Crystal Palace 2-2 Leicester City
- 22/10/2016 Leicester City 3-1 Crystal Palace
- 19/03/2016 Crystal Palace 0-1 Leicester City
- 24/10/2015 Leicester City 0-1 Crystal Palace
- 07/02/2015 Leicester City 0-1 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 12/12/2017 Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford
- 09/12/2017 Crystal Palace 2-2 Bournemouth
- 02/12/2017 West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Crystal Palace
- 28/11/2017 Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Crystal Palace
- 25/11/2017 Crystal Palace 2-1 Stoke City
Last FIVE results for Leicester;
- 13/12/2017 Southampton 1-4 Leicester City
- 09/12/2017 Newcastle United 2-3 Leicester City
- 02/12/2017 Leicester City 1-0 Burnley
- 28/11/2017 Leicester City 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
- 24/11/2017 West Ham United 1-1 Leicester City
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Harry McGuire 7.22
- Riyad Mahrez 7.20
- Wilfried Zaha 7.14
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek 7.00
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Cadbury Athletic, Birmingham City
The 21 year old winger began his career at Cadbury Athletic (yes, they are associated with the confectionary company!) before moving on to Birmingham City in 2006. He made his professional debut in 2013 and went on to make 72 appearances, scoring 8 goals before moving to Leicester in 2016. Gray has made over 50 appearances to date for the Foxes and score 4 goals. He has appeared at several youth levels for England since 2014 but has yet to make his senior debut.
Final league position – 9th
Current form suggests that the Foxes are on course for a top ten finish and that is certainly something they are capable of with a talented squad that have under-formed since winning the title. There will no doubt be a drop in form at some stage and it will be interesting to see how Puel and the players deal with it when it comes. The former Saints boss has clearly got over his dismissal at the end of last season and is rightly taking the plaudits for bringing back entertaining football to the former champions.
- TEB prediction – draw
- New York Foxes prediction (see link below) – home win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 10/11
- Draw – 13/5
- Away – 16/5
- Both teams to score – 8/11