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The Palace Preview: Leicester City

15 December 2018

Crystal Palace take on former Premier League champions Leicester City today for a 15.00 kick-off and will be looking to build on their recent successes against the Foxes in a bid to regain their league form.

City were founded in 1884 as Leicester Fosse FC by a group of former pupils from Wyggeston School and have since gone on to win both the Premier League and League Cup, competed in the Champions League and even had three players nominated for the Ballon d'Or.

Today, their league form speaks for itself and the Foxes currently sit 9th in the Premier League, just four points from sixth place having only lost one of their past seven games. Lately, Claude Puel's team have been hard to beat despite their relative lack of goals and the side have notched up all four of their league draws this season from just their past seven games.

Palace's overall form has been poorer, though their last match at Selhurst Park did result in a well-earned 2-0 win over Burnley. Further, the Eagles have won both of their previous two matches against Leicester, scoring an astonishing eight goals when facing them from just two games last season.

The most recent match between the sides will last long in the memory of fans as Palace ran out 5-0 victors at home while last season's campaign wound to a close. It was their biggest ever Premier League win and joint-highest scoring top-flight victory, too. Five different goalscorers got their names on the scoresheet that day and perhaps the most memorable of these was Christian Benteke, who netted a famous 90th-minute penalty.

The win was part of an incredible end to the season in which Palace went six games unbeaten and won five of their final eight matches.

Looking to today again, encouragingly only Southampton have conceded more Premier League away goals than Leicester in 2018 and Roy Hodgson's Palace will be keen to take advantage of the visitor's leaky away defence as the Eagles have only lost once from their past five home games with Leicester.

However, one to watch is James Maddison, the 22-year-old former Norwich City midfielder having scored two goals from his past three matches. He has netted five times overall in the competition and is impressing regularly since stepping up from the Championship in the summer.

Maddison's abilities have even earned him international recognition, and the Foxes star was called up to the England senior team for the Three Lions' recent matches against Croatia and Spain. He will be looking to maintain his run of form on Saturday and to break through what has been a resolute home defence.

One player to have notched up appearances for both teams, of course, is Jeffrey Schlupp. Schlupp was with Leicester from 2005 to 2017 and is the only current Palace player to have won the Premier League, having done so with the Foxes in 2015-16.

In total, he featured 150 times for the club before moving to Palace in January 2017.

Fellow attacking left-back Patrick van Aanholt has also featured for each of the opposing teams, having played 12 games for Leicester in the Championship while on loan from Chelsea in 2012.

Team news

Roy Hodgson has stated that he has the same squad available to him for Saturday's match as he did against West Ham United last week bar James Tomkins and Wilfried Zaha, who are suspended.

For Leicester, Jamie Vardy has missed City's last two matches due to a muscle injury but now looks available to play while Harry Maguire has also returned. Ben Chilwell, however, is currently being assessed and is a doubt for the game.

Where next?

For the rest of your pre-match reading, see what will be included in the Palace programme or check out how the lads have prepared in training ahead of the game. 

And to see what former Leicester player Schlupp has to say, head over to his interview now. Alternatively, read what manager Hodgson thought ahead of the match or watch his full press conference via Palace TV.

For all of the information you'll need on Saturday, head over to our matchday guide now.

If you would like to buy tickets for this game, click here to find out more. But be quick, there are only limited numbers remaining!

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 1-0 Leicester City

15 December 2018

A sensational strike by Luka Milivojevic sealed successive home wins for Palace for the first time this season as Roy Hodgson’s team claimed victory against Leicester City with a dogged display.

The Eagles skipper fired in from long range six minutes before the break to ultimately hand his team the crucial three points, however Premier League debutant Vicente Guaita would also play a crucial role in securing the win when he produced an excellent reaction save to deny Jamie Vardy from netting what seemed to be a sure-fire equaliser.

An encounter where defensive resoluteness reigned supreme for both teams and goalscoring opportunities at a premium, the win also marked the first time the Eagles had won without Wilfried Zaha since September 2016 due to the Ivorian international’s suspension.

Making his first league start due to Wayne Hennessey’s back injury, Guaita remained untroubled for the first 28 minutes as both teams struggled to create anything in wet conditions, however the Spanish shot-stopper was given a scare when he miscontrolled a backpass and Jamie Vardy pounced to win the ball and pop it into the unguarded net, however the Foxes striker was penalised for a foul on relieved goalkeeper.

Guaita was called into more routine action to stop the former England attacker’s header soon after, but on 39 minutes the Eagles finally managed to spark the game and the crowd out of their slumber when a wonderstrike handed them the lead.

Some patient build-up play involving Andros Townsend and Aaron Wan-Bissaka on the edge of the box couldn’t manipulate a breakthrough, so when the ball came to Milivojevic in oceans of space the captain decided to try his luck from 30 yards, and produced a brilliant attempt that arced away from Kasper Schmeichel’s dive and nestled inside the net to register his fourth of the campaign in style.

That helped lift the encounter out of its slumber, and not long after a Max Meyer shot skidded along the damp turf just past the upright as Hodgson’s team ended an even half on top.

City showed a bit more threat at the start of the second 45 and after Demarai Gray sliced high and wide, he embarked on a run from the halfway line to the Eagles’ box where he was held up by Mamadou Sakho but still managed to scuff the ball off target, but Palace could have netted a second when Jordan Ayew saw a shot blocked by a sea of Leicester legs on a counter-attack.

Just as the one-goal lead had been against Burnley a fortnight earlier, there was a nervy atmosphere around Selhurst as Palace looked to maintain their slim advantage and hearts were in mouths when the well-placed Rachid Ghezzal fired wide when picked out at the back post by Gray, but with 11 minutes to go Guaita kept his team in front with a superb save.

A neat passing move saw Ghezzal find Kalechi Iheanacho on the edge of the box who nudged the ball into Vardy’s path, and the hitman stabbed towards the bottom corner but the Eagles keeper showed marvellous reactions to get down low and tip the effort onto the post, and received the slice of luck his stop deserved when the rebound trickled back into his thankful grasp.

With the lead in their grasp, Palace retreated in the final stages to try and keep Leicester at bay and Wilfred Ndidi blazed over the top during some more late pressure, but the Eagles held firm to record their third-straight win over the Foxes and kick off their festive fixture list in the perfect fashion.

Palace: Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Meyer (Puncheon 90), Kouyaté (Schlupp 65), Milivojevic, McArthur, Townsend, Ayew (Sørloth 77). Subs not used: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Wickham.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton (Okazaki 88), Ndidi, Mendy, Gray (Iheanacho 73), Maddison (Ghezzal 45), Vardy. Subs not used: Ward, Simpson, Evans, Iborra.

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Ticket News

FINAL FEW TICKETS REMAINING: Palace v Leicester City

14 December 2018

Tickets for Crystal Palace's home match against Leicester City (15 December, 15:00 KO) are still available, but fans will need to buy soon as they will sell-out shortly.

Leicester will travel south to London looking to avoid a result similar to that achieved in this fixture last season, when Palace ran-out as 5-0 victors - our biggest ever Premier League win. In fact, the Eagles have a good record against the Foxes lately; winning twice and drawing once from the two clubs' past three matches.

To ensure you have a seat to experience the famous Selhurst Park atmosphere for this game, you will need to purchase a Membership in order to buy tickets for this fixture. If you have a Membership, buy your ticket now! 

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