Premier League Preview – Leicester City
Three games to go for the Eagles and points are still required to secure survival this season.
For once, the home form has been healthy and a chance of doing the double over Leicester City will be at the forefront of minds this weekend.
A repeat of the performance at the KP earlier in the season will be very welcome indeed, a win that very few saw coming at the time. This time around, Palace are in decent form having lost only once in the last five games. There have only been four losses in the last fifteen home games and those defeats were against Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.
Boss Roy Hodgson will be doing everything possible to ensure the need for points does not go down to the final game of the season when West Bromwich Albion come to town. Another point may in fact be enough but there is no knowing what might happen between now and the end of the season, particularly with teams having a game in hand.
The fact remains, win on Saturday and Premier League football is guaranteed for another season. On the flip side, this Foxes team will be seeking revenge for that defeat earlier in the season so it will not be easy.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Connor Wickham (groin), Bakary Sako (ankle), Jason Puncheon (knee) and Scott Dann (knee) all continue to miss out.
LEICESTER CITY – Kasper Schmeicel (ankle) and Shinji Okazaki (ankle) are slight doubts. Vincente Iborra (hamstring) and Matty James (Achilles) are not available while Daniel Amartey (hamstring) is a major doubt.
The last time the two sides met at Selhurst Park was a little over a year ago. Centre back Robert Huth gave the visitors an early lead and Jamie Vardy doubled it shortly after the break. With the points seemingly heading back to Leicester, Frenchman Yohan Cabaye had other ideas as he pulled one back within a couple of minutes and Christain Benteke found an equaliser with twenty minutes left to play to ensure the points were shared.
Who Scored man of the match – Christian Benteke (8.8)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 16/12/2017 Leicester City 0-3 Crystal Palace
- 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 1-0 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 21/04/2018 Watford 0-0 Crystal Palace
- 14/04/2018 Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
- 07/04/2018 Bournemouth 2-2 Crystal Palace
- 31/03/2018 Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
- 17/03/2018 Huddersfield Town 0-2 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Leicester;
- 19/04/2018 Leicester City 0-0 Southampton
- 14/04/2018 Burnley 2-1 Leicester City
- 07/04/2018 Leicester City 1-2 Newcastle United
- 31/03/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Leicester City
- 18/03/2018 Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- James Tomkins 7.32
- Wilfried Zaha 7.29
- Riyad Mahrez 7.26
- Wilfred Ndidi 7.16
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Former clubs – Nath Boys Academy, Genk
Ndidi began his career at the Nath Boys Academy in Lagos, Nigeria before moving to Europe with Genk. He made his Belgian Pro League debut in January 2015 against Charleroi. After a couple of seasons in Belgium and over sixty appearance for the club, the Foxes signed the midfielder in January 2017 for a fee of £17million. He made his international debut for Nigeria in October 2015 against DR Congo and has a little over ten international caps to date.
Final league position – 9th
After a slow start to the season which saw the back of one manager, a string of good results saw the Foxes climb into the top ten which is where they are likely to finish this season. It could have been higher had they kept up the run of form they found themselves in but pulling away from any kind of trouble was more their aim after a turbulent eighteen months or so from a management perspective. It will be interesting to see how Claude Puel fairs next season after a full summer and pre-season in charge of the club.
- TEB prediction – home win
- New York Foxes prediction (see link below) – home win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – Evens
- Draw – 12/5
- Away – 13/5
- Both teams to score – 4/5