Palace Face Leicester As Both Have More Important Challenges Ahead

This match up sees two teams coming up against each other who will likely have one eye on an up and coming match that each side will be facing, success in which will be hugely important for both clubs. First things first, the small matter of this Premier League match-up between two sides on the same points

DATE

10th April 2022

KICK OFF

2pm

VENUE

King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL

LAST TIME

The Eagles last made the trip to the KP in April 2021 and it was the visitors that made the better start with Wifried Zaha netting early on. The hosts did not find the equaliser until after the break courtesy of Timothy Castagne before Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winner with ten minutes of the game remaining.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Kelechi Iheanacho (8.5)

OFFICIALS

Referee: Robert Jones. Assistants: Dan Cook, Dan Robathan. Fourth official: Jonathan Moss. VAR: Peter Bankes. Assistant VAR: Ian Hussin

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Nathan Ferguson (thigh) continues to miss our while Michael Olise (foot) could face a late fitness test

LEICESTER – Jamie Vardy (knee), Danny Ward (knee), Ryan Bertrand (knee) and Wilfred Ndidi (knee) are all ruled out while Ayoze Perez (illness) and Boubakary Soumare (groin) are doubtful

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Wilfried Zaha (1), Ayoze Perez (1)

YELLOW CARDS (5+) – Conor Gallagher (8), Joel Ward (6), Caglar Soyuncu (5)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 03/10/21 Palace 2-2 Leicester
  • 26/04/21 Leicester 2-1 Palace
  • 28/12/20 Palace 1-1 Leicester
  • 04/07/20 Leicester 3-0 Palace
  • 03/11/19 Palace 0-2 Leicester

Last FIVE results for Palace:

  • 04/04/22 Palace 3-0 Arsenal
  • 20/03/22 Palace 4-0 Everton
  • 14/03/22 Palace 0-0 City
  • 05/03/22 Wolves 0-2 Palace
  • 01/03/22 Palace 2-1 Stoke

Last FIVE results for Leicester;

  • 07/04/22 Leicester 0-0 PSV
  • 02/04/22 United 1-1 Leicester
  • 20/03/22 Leicester 2-1 Brentford
  • 17/03/22 Rennes 2-1 Leicester
  • 13/03/22 Arsenal 2-0 Leicester

RECORD AGAINST LEICESTER

  • Played 76
  • Won 27
  • Drawn 20
  • Lost 29

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Conor Gallagher 7.25
  • Youri Tielemans 6.98
  • Ricardo Pereira 6.95
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.94

ONE TO WATCH

JAMES MADDISON

FORMER CLUBS – Coventry City, Norwich City, Aberdeen (loan)

The attacking midfielder has finally found some form this season with some decent performances of late after struggling to reach the heights of previous seasons. He has so far hit 8 league goals this season and contributed with 4 assists so will be keen to add to that against Palace

KEY CLASH

JEAN PHILIPPE MATETA v WESLEY FOFANA

This will be an interesting battle between a very unconventional striker and a highly regarded centre back finding his way back to form after a horrible injury in pre-season. Mateta has answered his critics in the best way possible and not only his goals, but his performances have altered many fans views

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Leicester are unbeaten in 5 League games against Palace (W3 D2)
  • Palace have lost their last 2 away league games against Leicester
  • Leicester have lost just 1 of their past 5 top-flight games (W3, D1)
  • The Foxes have suffered 1 defeat in their previous 8 home league fixtures (W5, D2)
  • Kelechi Iheanacho has scored 13 goals and 5 assists from his past 20 league starts
  • James Maddison needs 1 goal to become the fifth player to score 30 in the Premier League for Leicester
  • Palace are aiming to go 8 games unbeaten in all competitions for the first time since December 2017 (W5, D2)
  • The Eagles could equal a club top-flight record of 6 consecutive away matches without defeat, set in October 1990 and last equalled in February 1992
  • Vieira’s side have kept a clean sheet in each of their past 4 games in all competitions
  • Wilfried Zaha has scored six league goals against Leicester – his best return against any top-flight club
  • Jean-Philippe Mateta has scored 3 goals in his past four games in all competitions

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (10 – 8th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Michael Olise (5)
  • PASSES – Marc Guehi (1835  – 9th in PL)
  • TACKLES – Tyrick Mitchell (93 – 2nd in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Marc Guehi (2138 – 10th in PL)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (46)
  • SAVES – Guaita (72 – 13th in PL)

DID YOU KNOW?

Two of England’s greatest ever goalkeepers made over 350 appearances each for Leicester City. Gordon Banks and Peter Shilton spent 16 years with the Foxes between them

PREDICTION

It is intriguing how this game will go as both sides have bigger fish to fry in the coming weeks and with what is increasingly looking like mid-table security for the hosts and the visitors much will be down to how the managers approach this game in terms of personnel

FINAL SCORE: 1-1

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 29/20
  • Draw – 23/10
  • Away – 9/5
  • Both teams to score – 4/6

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