Foxes In Town To Try And Heap More Misery On Struggling Eagles

No game is easy at this level and taking on an in form Leicester side will prove another tough task but the management must ring the changes and the players must step up.

DATE

28th December 2020

KICK OFF

3pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

Goals from Turkish international Caglar Soyuncu and Jamie Vardy sealed all three points for the visitors back in November last year.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – James Maddison (8.4)

OFFICIALS

Referee – Graham Scott

Assistants – Simon Long, Neil Davies

Fourth official – Gavin Ward

VAR – Darren England

Assistant VAR – Simon Bennett

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – Gary Cahill, Connor Wickham, Martin Kelly, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson, Mamadou Sakho

LEICESTER – Ricardo Barbosa Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Luka Milivojevic (1), Christian Benteke (1)

YELLOW CARDS (3+) – Jonny Evans (5), Luka Milivojevic (4), Christian Fuchs (4), Nampalys Mendy (4), Youri Tielemans (3), James Maddison (3), Wilfried Zaha (3), James McArthur (3), Joel Ward (3)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 04/07/2020 Leicester City 3-0 Crystal Palace
  • 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

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 26/12/2020 Aston Villa 3-0 Crystal Palace
  • 19/12/2020 Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool
  • 16/12/2020 West Ham United 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • 13/12/2020 Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
  • 06/12/2020 West Bromwich Albion 1-5 Crystal Palace

Last FIVE results for Leicester;

  • 26/12/2020 Leicester City 2-2 Manchester United
  • 20/12/2020 Tottenham Hotspur 0-2 Leicester City
  • 16/12/2020 Leicester City 0-2 Everton
  • 13/12/2020 Leicester City 3-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
  • 10/12/2020 Leicester City 2-0 AEK Athens

RECORD AGAINST LEICESTER

  • Played 73
  • Won 27
  • Drawn 18
  • Lost 28

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Jamie Vardy 7.31
  • Wesley Fofana 7.16
  • Andros Townsend 7.05
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.94

ONE TO WATCH

HARVEY BARNES

FORMER CLUBS – MK Dons (loan), Barnsley (loan), West Bromwich Albion (loan)

The 23-year-old seems to have been on the scene for a while now but it was his loan spell at West Brom in 2018 which caught the eye and ensured that he was thrust into the Foxes starting line up on his return. Having represented England at a number of youth levels, but made his first and only full appearance as a substitute against Wales in October.

KEY CLASH

CHEIKHOU KOUYATE v JAMIE VARDY

If Palace are to get anything out of this game then the Leicester striker needs to be kept quite. With doubt around the second centre back position considering injuries and form in recent matches, the Senegal international is one that is likely to be up for the challenge.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Leicester have won 6 of their last 7 away league matches
  • In the last 3 games between the two at Selhurst only one side has managed to score
  • There have been two red cards in 2 of the last 5 games between the two sides
  • Palace have conceded 10 goals in the last 2 games
  • Leicester have only lost 1 game in their last 6 with only 1 draw

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (7 – 9th overall)
  • ASSISTS – Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha, Eberechi Eze (2)
  • PASSES – Cheikhou Kouyate (594)
  • TACKLES – James McArthur (39 – 10th overall)
  • TOUCHES – Cheikhou Kouyate (766)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (32 – 16th overall)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (46 – 8th overall)

PREDICTION

It is hard to see anything other than an away victory in this match but we hold out hope that there is a delayed response from the players to the humiliating beating at the hands of the champions in the last game at Sehurst. Let us not kid ourselves, the defeat to Villa was harder to stomach and there needs to be a big improvement on the pitch to go close to getting anything from Leicester. Having said that, Palace have often pulled something out of the bag when the pressure is really on.

FINAL SCORE: 1-2

BETTING ODDS

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

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