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23 February 2019 Venue King Power Stadium Attendance

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The Palace Preview: Leicester City

23 February 2019

Crystal Palace have made the journey to Leicester today for a 17.30 kick-off against a side they have lately enjoyed a fine run of form against.

Overall, the Eagles have won by a 9-0 aggregate score against the Foxes in their past three clashes, winning the game this season 1-0 through a remarkable Luka Milivojevic strike.

Prior to that, two matches will stand out fondly in the minds of Palace fans: a 5-0 home victory - the Eagles' largest ever in the Premier League - and a 3-0 win on the road.

The south London club are unbeaten in four against the Foxes, who have drawn one and lost five from their most recent six clashes in all competitions. It is their longest unbeaten string of fixtures since October 2017.

Leicester's poor run means that they have slipped down the table and now sit in 12th, just five points ahead of the Eagles in 14th.

The match is therefore a significant chance for Palace to close the gap and pull themselves further from the league's bottom three.

Programme

Programme Feature: Schlupp Talks City, Goals and Early Years

22 February 2019

Jamie Vardy seems to be one key threat to this chance, however, as the 32-year-old striker has bagged two from his past three despite his side's tough run-in. Palace too are armed up-top, however, as Christian Benteke has scored in each of his last three fixtures against the Foxes with 67% of Palace's goals coming from their travels this season.

Overall, then, the signs are positive.

The only players to have worn the blue of Leicester before adding in red with Palace are Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp. Though Van Aanholt was only with the Foxes on loan for a brief period in 2011, Schlupp rose through the ranks of their youth system and spent a total of 12 years there.

Team news

Palace were without Wilfried Zaha in their recent game against Doncaster Rovers, however the Ivorian midfielder will be available for tomorrow's clash as he returns from suspension. Aaron Wan-Bissaka will also miss the clash as will Martin Kelly.

For the Foxes, James Maddison and Ben Chilwell will be assessed ahead of the fixture. Papy Mendy is available for the game after recovering from a groin problem that saw him miss their clash with Tottenham.

Tactical overview

Leicester are typically quite solid in the middle of the park and do not play with particularly noticeable width. Often, they will lineup with Vardy leading the front line as two players support him in a slightly less central position high in midfield.

An interesting battle, then, might be seen with Palace's competent central midfielders Luka Milivojevic, Cheikhou Kouyate and James McArthur looking to prevent any balls being fed through to Vardy, who is masterful at latching onto passes through the backline where his clinical, poaching style comes into its own.

Your matchday stat and ref

Anthony Taylor will officiate this clash with Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn acting as his assistants. The fourth official will be David Coote.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson will be aged 71 years and 198 days on the day of this game, making him the oldest person to take charge of a Premier League game.

Live coverage

This clash will be shown live on BT Sport 1 from 17.00 onwards.

For those watching from the USA, it will be shown on NBC Sports Live.

And for fans living abroad elsewhere, check out our Worldwide TV Listings now or see where the nearest Official Fan Club is to you.

For those who want to listen to full commentary of this game, Palace Audio will provide it for just £1.49. You can even buy a Season Pass now for only £10. Find out more here!

Watch below: Martin Kelly, who has recently extended his contract with the club, looks back over his time with the Eagles.

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Match Reports

Report: Palace storm the King Power

Leicester City 1-4 Crystal Palace

23 February 2019

A remarkable second half of football saw Crystal Palace steal three points from a relentlessly offensive Leicester City side thanks to goals from Michy Batshuayi, Wilfried Zaha and Luka Milivojevic.

The Eagles were the inferior team for large swathes in the match, however their dogged defending and clinical eye for goal meant they finished the evening as victors.

Early in the match, Leicester began on the front foot after Jeffrey Schlupp was adjudged to have committed a foul from 25-yards out. Recording the game's first shot on target on his home debut, Youri Tielemans showcased an impressive shooting ability by hitting the target with a raker from distance. Vicente Guaita was alert as the clash opened, however, and held the ball with ease.

For the second time in five minutes, travelling Palace fans were made to hold their breath as Jamie Vardy glanced a header inches over Guaita's bar from a well-whipped cross.

James Maddison then looked to capitalise on the Foxes' momentum with a shot from the edge of the box, but Milivojevic bravely deflected the venomous effort with a twisting lunge.

For the home side's third chance in as many minutes, Tielemans then angled a shot at goal, but, as with the Belgian's first attempt, Guaita stood behind it and held the ball.

Harvey Barnes was next to try his luck, but his well-struck shot to Guaita's left was met by the gloved fists of the diving Spaniard.

Palace teased the watching faithful as they encroached into Leicester's area on occasions but their play was an ultimately empty threat, and it was Leicester who landed the next two, three and four punches: all fairly soft but on target nevertheless.

Well against the run of play, however, Palace took the lead through a sharp-looking Batshuayi. As James McArthur looked up before firing an effort goalbound, his strike cannoned off the recent Belgian signing past the wrong-footed Kasper Schmeichel.

The home side then came agonisingly close to levelling just minutes later when Tielemans - who had been troubling the Palace backline all half - took yet another strike at goal, this one whistling just wide of the Palace upright.

The second half opened in much the same vein as the first, with Leicester not making the most out of a sequence of chances.

Maddison looked to open his side's account in dramatic fashion as he launched a shot at goal from remarkable distance, however his effort flew wide.

Enjoying some smart link-up play in Leicester's half, by this point Palace were far more involved with the game than before but their newly discovered foothold was shattered when Jonny Evans turned home the ball from eight yards shortly after the hour mark.

Ignited by the equaliser, the clash had launched into life and, before Leicester could take stock and enjoy their leveller, Palace regained the lead as Zaha turned home an astute cross from McArthur to restore the Eagles' advantage.

Looking to haul his side back into the game, substitute Demari Gray had a crack at goal from the far edge of Palace's box, but his effort was deflected and its resulting corner dealt with.

Determined to seal the game and take three points back to SE25, Batshuayi looked to double his tally when he rifled an effort at goal which Schmeichel emphatically saved. Defending the rebound, however, the Foxes' goalscorer Evans felled Schlupp in the box and gave away a late opportunity for Palace to grab their third.

Stepping up cooly as ever, captain Milivojevic buried the resulting penalty to win the game for the Eagles as he hit the ball into a bulging net.

Adding insult to injury, and a fourth to Palace's total, Zaha netted his second of the afternoon having been thread through by Jordan Ayew. Looking up, he slammed the ball home and wheeled away in euphoric celebration to record Palace's joint-biggest win of the season.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Fuchs, Maguire, Evans, Pereira, Ndidi, Barnes (Okazaki 85), Maddison, Tielemans (Iheanacho 74), Ghezzal (Gray 45), Vardy.

Subs not used: Ward, Soyuncu, Morgan, Mendy.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Tomkins, Sakho (Dann 77), Ward, Schlupp, McArthur, Milivojevic, Townsend (Kouyate 80), Zaha, Batshuayi (Ayew 86).

Subs not used: Hennessey, Riedewald, Meyer, Benteke.

For all of the post-match reaction, head over to Palace TV shortly. If you're reading on the app, just click 'Palace TV'.

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Ticket News

LAST TICKETS REMAINING: Leicester City Away

12 February 2019

The final few tickets for Crystal Palace's away trip to Leicester City on Saturday February 23 are still on sale, and you can buy yours now.

The Eagles are unbeaten in four against the Foxes, having won their past three consecutive games by an aggregate score of 9-0.

Their last visit to the King Power Stadium resulted in a 3-0 win by current first-team players Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako.

To get your hands on tickets for this season's clash, make sure to act fast and buy now in all of the usual ways. Please note, there is no loyalty points requirement for Season Ticket Holders and Paid Members, who are eligible to buy.

You can purchase your place online here, by calling by calling the Ticket Line on 08712 000 071, or in person at the Box Office.

Prices:

Adults: £30
Over-65s: £25
Under-22s: £25
Under-18s: £20
Under-12s: £10

Coach travel: departs Selhurst Park at 12pm priced at £21 per seat.

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