Palace Hope To Dent Champions League Aspirations For Leicester

The Eagles are back in action with a trip to take on the Foxes who are in good form having reached the FA Cup Final and making a real fist of it in the top four this season.

DATE

26th April 2021

KICK OFF

8pm

VENUE

King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL

LAST TIME

One to forget for the Eagles who went behind to a Kelechi Iheanacho goal just after the break followed by a brace from Jamie Vardy which sealed the points for the hosts.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Jamie Vardy (8.3)

OFFICIALS

Referee: Graham Scott. Assistants: Simon Long, Eddie Smart. Fourth official: Jonathan Moss. VAR: Stuart Attwell. Assistant VAR: Scott Ledger.

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – Mamadou Sakho, James McCarthy, James Tomkins, Nathaniel Clyne, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson, Gary Cahill, Connor Wickham, James McArthur

LEICESTER – James Justin, Harvey Barnes, Wes Morgan

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINARY

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

YELLOW CARDS (4+) – Luka Milivojevic (7), Jonny Evans (7), Wesley Fofana (6), Youri Tielemans (6), Wilfred Ndidi (5), Nampalys Mendy (5), James Maddison (4), James Justin (4), Wilfried Zaha (4), Christian Fuchs (4)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 28/12/2020 Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester City
  • 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

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 10/04/2021 Crystal Palace 1-4 Chelsea
  • 05/04/2021 Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace
  • 13/03/2021 Crystal Palace 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
  • 07/03/2021 Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Crystal Palace
  • 03/03/2021 Crystal Palace 0-0 Manchester United

Last FIVE results for Leicester;

  • 22/04/2021 Leicester City 3-0 West Bromwich Albion
  • 18/04/2021 Leicester City 1-0 Southampton
  • 11/04/2021 West Ham United 3-2 Leicester City
  • 03/04/2021 Leicester City 0-2 Manchester City
  • 21/03/2021 Leicester City 3-1 Manchester United

RECORD AGAINST LEICESTER

  • Played 74
  • Won 27
  • Drawn 19
  • Lost 28

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Wilfred Ndidi (7.30)
  • Jamie Vardy (7.13)
  • Wilfried Zaha (6.90)
  • Christian Benteke (6.88)

ONE TO WATCH

KELECHI IHEANACHO

FORMER CLUBS – Manchester City

The 24 year old has found his goal scoring touch since forcing his way back into the starting line up in a Leicester side that is having a very good season. He has forged a good partnership with Jamie Vardy and scored the only goal against Southampton last weekend to secure  place in the FA Cup Final.  He is Leicester’s current top scorer this season with 16 goals to his name.

KEY CLASH

JOHNNY EVANS v CHRISTIAN BENTEKE

The Palace striker has been in good form this second half of the season and will be looking to cause problems for the former United defender.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Leicester are unbeaten against Palace in their last 3 meetings
  • Before that, Palace were on a 5 game unbeaten run against Leicester
  • Palace’s last victory at Leicester was a 4-1 win in February 2019
  • Leicester have won 3 and lost 2 of the last 5 league games
  • Palace have won 1, drawn 2 and lost 2 of the last 5 league games

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (9 – 14th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Andros Townsend (4)
  • PASSES – Luka Milivojevic (1146)
  • TACKLES – Andros Townsend (65 – 16th in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Luka Milivojevic (1460)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (48)

PREDICTION

The hosts have everything to play for but the pressure will be pretty much off Palace who will likely be confirmed mathematically safe for another season. The match will be much closer than what Palace’s long odds otherwise suggest, though that is not to say any kind of result will be a given Monday night.

FINAL SCORE: 1-1

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