Threat Of Vardy Looms Large But Vieira Keen For Palace To Play On Front Foot

There is a sour taste in the mouth around Selhurst after the events of Monday night, and it is clear the staff and players are feeling it too. It continues to be a learning curve heading into a second home game in succession but the late equaliser apart, it is hard not to be impressed by the progress to date under Vieira.

DATE

3rd October 2021

KICK OFF

2pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park, Holmesdale Road, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

The Foxes last visited South London last December and it took a late equaliser from Harvey Barnes to cancel out a Wilfried Zaha strike shortly after half time to ensure the points were shared.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Harvey Barnes (7.6)

OFFICIALS

Referee: Anthony Taylor. Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn. Fourth official: David Coote. VAR: Jarred Gillett. Assistant VAR: Neil Davies

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Vieira remains without Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson but is not expected to be too long before the Frenchman is able to call upon them to join the match day squad.

LEICESTER – James Justin and Wesley Fofana continue to miss out while Jonny Evans and Wilfred Ndidi are expected to face a late fitness test.

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Ayoze Perez (1)

YELLOW CARDS (2+) – Conor Gallagher (2), Joel Ward (2)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 26/04/2021 Leicester 2-1 Palace
  • 28/12/2020 Palace 1-1 Leicester
  • 04/07/2020 Leicester 3-0 Palace
  • 03/11/2019 Palace 0-2 Leicester
  • 23/02/2019 Leicester 1-4 Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 27/09/2021 Palace 1-1 Brighton
  • 18/09/2021 Liverpool 3-0 Palace
  • 11/09/2021 Palace 3-0 Spurs
  • 28/08/2021 West Ham 2-2 Palace
  • 24/08/2021 Watford 1-0 Palace

Last FIVE results for Leicester;

  • 30/09/2021 Legia Warsaw 1-0 Leicester
  • 25/09/2021 Leicester 2-2 Burnley
  • 22/09/2021 Millwall 0-2 Leicester
  • 19/09/2021 Brighton 2-1 Leicester
  • 16/09/2021 Leicester 2-2 Napoli

RECORD AGAINST LEICESTER

  • Played 75
  • Won 27
  • Drawn 19
  • Lost 29

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Conor Gallagher 7.36
  • Marc Albrighton 7.19
  • Jamie Vardy 7.11
  • James McArthur 7.19

ONE TO WATCH

YOURI TIELEMANS

FORMER CLUBS – Anderlecht, Monaco

The Belgian midfielder has played 52 progressive passes in the Premier League this season, the most of any player in the league. Across the top five leagues in Europe, only Joshua Kimmich at Bayern Munich has played more (55).

KEY CLASH

TYRICK MITCHELL v ADEMOLA LOOKMAN

The young Palace full back is likely to be up against a winger who had been linked with the club on more than one occasion. Mitchell has started the season very well and sits 5th in the Premier League for tackles and more surprisingly, 19th for touches. The former Charlton Athletic attacking midfielder scored his first goal for the Foxes in their Carabao Cup win at Millwall last week. In that game, Lookman created more chances (4) than James Maddison had all season (3) which says a lot about the latters diminishing stock price.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Leicester City are unbeaten in all 4 Premier League matches against Palace under Brendan Rodgers (W3, D1). The Foxes had lost the 4 previous league meetings under Claude Puel
  • The Foxes have won just 1 of their past 5 away matches at Selhurst Park
  • Palace are unbeaten in their 3 home league games this season, conceding just 1 goal at Selhurst Park
  • The Eagles could avoid defeat in their opening 4 home fixtures for just the 2nd time in 25 seasons, however, they have only won once in their 6 Premier League games under manager Patrick Vieira
  • Palace’s tally of 14 attempts on target is the lowest in the Premier League this season but their shot conversion rate of 43% is bettered only by Brentford’s 50%
  • Wilfried Zaha has been directly involved in 8 goals in 12 Premier League appearances against Leicester, scoring 6 and setting up 2 which is his best return against any team

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Gallagher/ Edouard/ Zaha (2 – 17th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Benteke/ Gallagher/ Zaha (1)
  • PASSES – Marc Guehi (376 – 8th in PL)
  • TACKLES – Tyrick Mitchell (19 – 5th in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Tyrick Mitchell (433 – 18th in PL)
  • SHOTS – Conor Gallagher/Jordan Ayew (11)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (19 – 5th in PL)

PREDICTION

It would be too easy to predict a Palace win off the back of Leicester’s midweek travels which saw this fixture moved to a Sunday kick off. Having said that, Palace will want to make amends for what was effectively losing two points on Monday night which tarnished a very good home performance.

FINAL SCORE: 2-1 to the Palace

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 2/1
  • Draw – 9/4
  • Away – 11/8
  • Both teams to score – 8/11

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