Premier League Preview – Leicester City
A couple of weeks ago the visit of Burnley was deemed an important game to get a win from and after the last couple of defeats, the same could be said ahead of this one.
Leicester City travel to South London off the back of a defeat to a Spurs side that this went on to qualify for the knock-out stages of the Champions League. That was their first defeat in eight games, a 3-1 loss to Arsenal back in October being the last occasion they came away from a game with no points.
They will be a difficult proposition for Palace to get something out of but after a horrible week on the road. Roy Hodgson must return to the drawing board especially with James Tomkins and Wilfried Zaha missing due to suspension.
This does mean the starting eleven will change, much to Hodgson’s displeasure no doubt. However, to expect the same eleven to be performing week in week out with very few substitutions being made is a big ask.
Who comes in for the two integral parts to this Palace team remains to be seen but this must be an opportunity to go with one of the strikers up top. Hodgson has rightly been hesitant to do so after both Jordan Ayew and Alexander Sorloth having struggled to impress at all this season. Perhaps a risk will be taken an a not fully fit Connor Wickham, after his overhead kick hit the back of the net in a run out for the youth team.
Whoever Hodgson selects will receive the full support of the crowd at Selhurst Park as all three points really would be just the tonic.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Christian Benteke (knee) continues to miss out while Scott Dann (fitness) could be in contention for a return. James Tomkins and Wilfried Zaha are both suspended.
LEICESTER CITY – Jamie Vardy (groin), Jonny Evans (knock) and Matty James (fitness) are all major doubts while Daniel Amartey (ankle) misses out.
The last time these two sides met was at Selhurst Park in April in a match that no-one expected to be as one-sided as it was. Wilfried Zaha got the scoring underway with an early goal and James McArthur doubled that lead just before the break. A red card for Mark Albrighton after dragging down Zaha was the contribuing factor to three more goals being scored by the Eagles – Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Patrick van Aanholt and an emotional spot kick from goal-shy Christian Benteke.
Who Scored man of the match – Wilfried Zaha (9.5)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 28/04/2018 Crystal Palace 5-0 Leicester City
- 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
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 08/12/2018 West Ham United 3-2 Crystal Palace
- 04/12/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 Crystal Palace
- 01/12/2018 Crystal Palace 2-0 Burnley
- 24/11/2018 Manchester United 0-0 Crystal Palace
- 10/11/2018 Crystal palace 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Last FIVE results for Leicester;
- 08/12/2018 Leicester City 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
- 05/12/2018 Fulham 1-1 Leicester City
- 01/12/2018 Leicester City 2-0 Watford
- 27/11/2018 Leicester City 0-0 Southampton
- 24/11/2018 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Leicester City
THE RECORD AGAINST LEICESTER
- Played 69
- Won 25
- Drawn 18
- Lost 26
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Harry Maguie 7.33
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.25
- Wilfred Ndidi 7.23
- Luka Milivojevic 6.99
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Coventry City, Norwich City, Aberdeen (loan)
The 22 year old midfielder has won rave reviews since joining the Foxes in the summer, and rightly so. Other than a red card after a second booking for simulation blotting his copy book, the midfielder has acclimatised well to life in the Premier League and will be a real threat for the Eagles. He began his career in the youth set up at Coventry before making his professional debut for the Sky Blues in 2013. A move to Norwich soon followed and while he was sent back to Coventry and to Aberdeen in loan, he became a vital part of the Canaries side which caught the attention of Leicester. Maddison has a few caps at under 21 level but it will not be long before he is handed his a full international debut for England.
Palace need this win more than Leicester particularly with a trip to the Etihad on the horizon. It will be intriguing to see how the Eagles fare with having to make two changes to the starting line up and how the visitors will follow up their first defeat in six weeks. However, the Foxes are unbeaten in their last three away trips so it will be a real test for Hodgson and his team. With two influential players missing, Palace would do well to take a point so we are going for a score draw.
- TEB prediction – draw
- Who Scored prediction – away win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 8/5
- Draw – 21/10
- Away – 15/8
- Both teams to score – 9/10