Lockdown In Leicester But Eagles Hoping To Sneak Out With The Points

The run in to the end of the season is well and truly underway and with six games left to play the Eagles travel to the lockdown city of Leicester to take on an out of form Foxes side.

DATE

4th July 2020

KICK OFF

3pm

VENUE

King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL

LAST TIME

The last trip to the King Power was a very happy one for Palace who returned to South London with all three points after a convincing win back in February 2019. Michy Batshuayi scored the opener right before the break. Jonny Evans equalised for the hosts with less that half an hour to go but Wilfried Zaha (2) and Luka Milivojevic contributed to a well rounded away performance by the Eagles.

OFFICIALS

REFEREE – Jonathan Moss

ASSISTANTS – Marc Perry, Peter Kirkup, Jarred Gillett (fourth official)

VAR – Martin Atkinson, Adam Nunn (assistant)

REPLACEMENT OFFICIAL – Andrew Fox

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – James Tomkins, Martin Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp, Christian Benteke

LEICESTER – Daniel Amartey, Ricardo Pereira

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINE

Red cards – Mamadou Sakho (1), Luka Milivojevic (1), Hamza Choudhury (1)

Yellow cards (5+) – Luka Milivojevic (9), James McCarthy (7), Jordan Ayew (6), James Tomkins (5), James McArthur (5), Jonny Evans (5), Wilfred Ndidi (5)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 03/11/2019 Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester City
  • 23/02/2019 Leicester City 1-4 Crystal Palace
  • 15/12/2018 Crystal Palace 1-0 Leicester City
  • 28/04/2018 Crystal Palace 5-0 Leicester City
  • 16/12/2017 Leicester City 0-3 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 29/06/2020 Crystal Palace 0-1 Burnley
  • 24/06/2020 LIverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace
  • 20/06/2020 Bournemouth 0-2 Crystal Palace
  • 07/03/2020 Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford
  • 29/02/2020 Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Leicester;

  • 01/07/2020 Everton 2-1 Leicester City
  • 28/06/2020 Leicester City 0-1 Chelsea
  • 23/06/2020 Leicester City 0-0 Brighton
  • 20/06/2020 Watford 1-1 Leicester City
  • 09/03/2020 Leicester City 4-0 Aston Villa

RECORD AGAINST LEICESTER

  • Played 72
  • Won 27
  • Drawn 18
  • Lost 27

FORM PLAYERS

Top two rated players from each team so far this season according to Who Scored;

  • Ricardo Pereira 7.50
  • James Maddison 7.33
  • Wilfried Zaha 7.04
  • Jordan Ayew 7.00

ONE TO WATCH

HARVEY BARNES

Former clubs – Milton Keynes Dons (loan), Barnsley (loan), West Bromwich Albion (loan)

After learning his trade on three separate loan spells, he proved his worth with some excellent performances which has seen the Foxes keep him at the King Power to see what he can do. The Burnley born midfielder has contributed with the most number of assists at the club so far this season and is close to making his 50th appearance for Leicester.

KEY CLASH

LUKA MILIVOJEVIC v YOURI TIELEMANS

The outcome of this game will likely be determined by the midfield battle where there will be no lack of talent from either side. The Palace captain has found it difficult in recent games after his starring role against Bournemouth in the first game back and will be up against the talented Belgian who has had a decent season for the Foxes, weighing with five assists to date.

PRE-GAME STATS

  • Top passers – Caglar Soyuncu (2111), Luka Milivojevic (1245)
  • Leicester have only won 1 of the last 6 meetings between the two sides
  • Top scorers – Jamie Vardy (19), Jordan Ayew (9)
  • Palace’s starting line-up against Burnley had an average age of 30 years and 323 days, the second-oldest in the Premier League this season (after the Eagles against Bournemouth on June 20 – 30y 334d)
  • Top assists – Harvey Barnes (6), James McArthur (3), Wilfried Zaha (3)
  • Leicester have failed to win any of their past 5 away league games, after winning 6 of their past 7 away matches before that
  • Top tackles – Ricardo Pereira (119), James McArthur (74)
  • Palace and Burnley have failed to score in the first half of more Premier League games this season than any other sides (24 each).

PREDICTION

This is a match of two teams that have struggled to find any form but the Eagles have fared marginally better with a win at Bournemouth, something that Leicester have yet to find since the restart. This is also a fixture that Palace have had the upper hand in but it will interesting to see what kind of toll the losses to Liverpool and Burnley have had. We are going for a share of the spoils even though the hosts will be desparate to retain their place in the top four.

Final score: 1-1

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 8/13
  • Draw – 12/5
  • Away – 5/1
  • Both teams to score – 11/10
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