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Preview: Crystal Palace vs Leicester City

28 April 2018

As the season enters its final weeks, Palace host Leicester City in their penultimate home game of the campaign, which began with both teams struggling at the foot of the table in the early stage.

Palace don’t boast a good recent record against today’s opponents on their own patch, with their only success in the last five encounters coming in September 2014.

They did though end a five-game winless run against the Foxes at all venues back in December when they ran out 3-0 victors at the King Power Stadium – their heaviest win of the campaign.

Puel planning for next season

Leicester City

Recent months have seen the Foxes marooned in mid-table, too far away to challenge for the European places but comfortably out of the survival scrap, however their supporters would have been more than happy with that after a disastrous start that saw them win once in their opening eight games.

That saw Craig Shakespeare replaced by Claude Puel, who conversely lost just once in his first eight matches to pull the Foxes into the lower end of the top half before Christmas, where they have remained ever since.

With nothing left to play for following an FA Cup quarter-final exit to Chelsea last month, Leicester have claimed just one win from their last five games as their season peters out. Puel has been testing out youngsters such as Hamza Choudhury and Harvey Barnes in recent weeks as he casts an eye towards next term in the Premier League.

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28 April 2018

View From The Opposition

Claude Puel

Claude Puel: “Our home game against Crystal Palace was difficult. They need another result to secure their place, and they have a lot of qualities.

“It is important to see our journey. When I got here, it was important to save the club. Now, we play in the top half of the table. We maintain the club, we saved the club, now it is important to put in place a good foundation.

"I want to say to our fans, it is important to put in place good foundations for the future. We need to mould the style, not change, but to give stability for long-term success. It is important to see other players before the end of the season because we have to take resolution about some players, so it is important to give them some game-time."

Team News

Christian Benteke

Former Fox Jeffrey Schlupp featured for the development side in midweek as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury, and Hodgson has also confirmed that Connor Wickham has returned to training after a groin issue.

That means that Jason Puncheon, Scott Dann and Bakary Sako are the only casualties, although the Eagles captain is in light training again.

Puel confirmed that both Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki would remain sidelined for Leicester's trip to Selhurst Park with ankle injuries. 

Daniel Amartey will also miss out as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury, while Vicente Iborra has suffered the same fate.

Programme

Inside The Crystal Palace v Leicester Programme

28 April 2018

Matchday Officials

Mike Dean

For the third time this season, Mike Dean has been handed a Palace game, with the Eagles winning each of their last two that he has officiated against Stoke City and Huddersfield Town. He also oversaw the 4-0 loss to Manchester United in September - the only Premier League game in which he hasn't brandished a yellow card this season.

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Ian Hussin and Daniel Robathan
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

Matchday Stats

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson has never lost against Leicester City as a manager (P5 W4 D1 L0), and has won every home game during that time.

Jamie Vardy has been on the losing side in eight Premier League games this season when he has scored, a record for a single campaign in the competition.

Wilfred Ndidi has made 135 tackles in the Premier League, 28 more than any other player in the division this term.

Club News

Matchday Guide: Leicester City

28 April 2018

Head-to-Head

  Palace wins Draws Leicester wins
League 19 15 21
FA Cup 3 1 1
League Cup 2 2 3
Play-offs 0 0 1
Total 24 18 26

Tickets

Tickets for this game are sold out and as a capacity crowd is expected please arrive early at the stadium.

Matchday Information 

All our opening times and information surrounding events around the ground pre and post-match can be found in our matchday guide.

Advice for fans travelling to Selhurst Park can be found in our supporters guide.

Check out details of that is happening in our Fanzone from midday on Saturday. 

Live Coverage

If you can’t make it to Selhurst Park, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, for which a 24-hour pass can be purchased if you aren't an annual subscriber.

There will also be updates on Twitter, and highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Sunday morning. 

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 5-0 Leicester City

28 April 2018

Palace put in a five star performance to move towards touching distance of safety by thrashing 10-man Leicester City at Selhurst Park to record their biggest ever Premier League victory in the process.

The Eagles found themselves two ahead at the break as Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur combined to get each other on the scoresheet, before the Foxes were reduced to 10 men when Marc Albrighton pulled back Zaha when he was clear on goal.

Following that, it was a matter of how many Roy Hodgson’s team wanted to score, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Patrick van Aanholt added late goals, before Christian Benteke rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot to haul the Eagles to 38 points, and take a huge step towards extending their stay in the Premier League to a sixth season.

They were nearly gifted the opener after eight minutes when Yohan Cabaye swung a corner into the box and Ben Hamer attempted to punch it to safety, however the ball spun backwards off his fist allowing James Tomkins to head towards goal, but Kelechi Iheanacho was on the line to clear.

Having come so close to grabbing the opening goal, seven minutes later the hosts were indebted to Joel Ward for keeping them level. Iheanacho slipped in Jamie Vardy and the England hitman arrowed a shot past Wayne Hennessey, but fortunately for the Eagles Ward had rushed back and provided an excellent goalline clearance of his own.

And that proved crucial as on 17 minutes, Hodgson’s team took the lead thanks to a wonderfully crafted team goal. Loftus-Cheek waltzed past a couple of Foxes players on the left touchline and combined with the overlapping Van Aanholt to surge towards the box. The ball was then fed to Cabaye who knocked it onto McArthur, and the Scotsman backheeled to Zaha who drove the ball high past Hamer to score his eighth of the campaign.

He nearly made it nine just before the half-hour mark when Wes Morgan botched a clearance straight to Zaha who instinctively stabbed it towards the bottom corner, but this time Hamer was able to push it around his post to safety, but on 38 minutes he turned provider to double the Eagles’ advantage.

Van Aanholt began the move on the left and found Zaha inside the box and he fed the ball across it for McArthur, who took a touch before swivelling and firing into the net past the outstretched Hamer to net his first goal since January.

That gave Palace a commanding lead at the break, and 10 minutes after the restart Leicester's chances of getting something from the game were made even harder when Zaha chased a ball over the top towards goal and Albrighton hauled him down, handing Mike Dean no option but to reduce the Foxes to 10 men.

After that it looked as though it would only be Palace adding to the scoreline, and after some more brilliant, intricate build-up play, McArthur had another sight of goal and attempted to clip the ball over Hamer but found the side-netting, and Andros Townsend whipped a free-kick wide of the far post soon after as the men in red and blue tried to seal the victory.

And with eight minutes remaining, they did just that. Mamadou Sakho broke up a Leicester attack and sauntered forward over the halfway line before slotting in Loftus-Cheek, who capped an excellent display by rounding Hamer and tapping into the net, which would have impressed the watching Gareth Southgate.

Jeffrey Schlupp was then introduced off the bench and he played a part in rubbing salt into his former club’s wound as the Eagles added a fourth on 85 minutes. This time it was Zaha sending Schlupp through on goal, and after the Ghanaian shot straight at the keeper, another former Fox in Van Aanholt was in the perfect place to curl the ball into the unguarded net.

The icing was put on the cake for Hodgson’s team in the final minute when Benteke was brought down inside the box by Harry Maguire, and Luka Milivojevic stepped aside to let the Belgian take the penalty. Roared on by the Holmesdale Road End, the striker slipped as he took it, but it flew past Hamer to register his first goal in SE25 since last May, making it a perfect day for the unbeaten in four Eagles.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur (Schlupp 83), Milivojevic, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek (Lee 87), Townsend (Benteke 87), Zaha. Subs not used: Speroni, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Sørloth.

Leicester: Hamer, Albrighton, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Mahrez, Choudhury (Silva 46), Ndidi (Dragovic 50), Gray, Ihenacho (Diabate 46), Vardy. Subs not used: Jakupovic, Simpson, Fuchs, Barnes.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Leicester and West Brom Games Sold Out

21 March 2018

Palace's final two home games of the season against Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion are now sold out.

Home supporters have snapped up all of the tickets for the game against the Foxes on 28th April, as well as the season finale against the Baggies on 13th May.

That means that the only tickets the box office have left for first-team matches at Selhurst this campaign are for the local derby against Brighton and Hove Albion on 14th April 

However, if you are a season ticket holder and cannot make any of the Eagles' final four home games, you can sell your seat on Twickets for face value, allowing those fans who haven't yet snapped up a ticket to do so.

Also, premium match tickets are available via our range of matchday hospitality options.

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