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04 July 2020 Venue King Power Stadium Attendance

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Palace Preview: King Power a happy hunting ground for points-hungry Eagles

3 July 2020

Crystal Palace face a bumpy journey on their path to Premier League completion: taking on three of the ‘big six’, four of the actual top six and an Aston Villa side fighting for safety.

First, they face Leicester City. With the Foxes in third place and battling for their Champions League spot, Brendan Rodgers’ high-flying side may seem like the most challenging of opponents for Roy Hodgson’s Eagles.

But the Leicester game is more crucial than first glance would suggest, with the Midlands club playing notably out of form.

So, taking recent results into account, the clash could prove key in Palace collecting points from the challenging weeks ahead.

Though the Eagles have lost back to back games, their recent history with Leicester will inspire confidence, particularly at the King Power stadium, where they have won consecutive matches and are the only London club to win in seven fixtures.

In the two sides’ last five matches, Palace have won four times and lost once, with an aggregate score of 13-3.

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Furthermore, the Foxes’ restart has contrasted their near title-chasing form earlier in the season, with Leicester drawing two and losing two of their four games since returning (including the FA Cup).

Signs of Leicester’s dip were evident even before the suspension, though, with Rodgers’ charges losing five of 12 games in all competitions - drawing three and winning four. 

Did you know?

Since collecting maximum points across eight Premier League games between October 19th and December 8th, Leicester have won just 17 points from their last 16 Premier League games (W4 D5 L7).

Tactical overview

Naturally, Wilfried Zaha is Palace’s key threat against most teams, but Leicester City are perhaps his favourite adversaries. In his English league career, Zaha has been involved in more goals against Leicester than he has against any other side (nine – five goals and four assists).

Both Leicester and Palace have sturdy defences, however (31 and 37 league goals conceded respectively), and so this clash could be a low scoring affair. 

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As with the Eagles, the Foxes’ talisman, Jamie Vardy, is the unsurprising threat - netting earlier in the season at Selhurst and bagging 19 league goals so far (the joint most in the league).

However, Vardy, reflecting his team’s loss of form, is misfiring lately, scoring just twice in his last 11 league appearances. Against Everton on Wednesday, the 33-year-old failed to attempt a single shot.

First Team

Roy Hodgson gives Crystal Palace team news and injury update pre-Leicester City

3 July 2020

Team news

Palace were boosted by Vicente Guaita and Wilfried Zaha’s return v Burnley, with the pair unavailable against Liverpool. They have had further positive news in that Christian Benteke is fit and available for selection.

Jeffrey Schlupp, Martin Kelly and James Tomkins are long-term absentees, though Hodgson said Kelly is "making great strides."

Leicester are without Ricardo Pereira and Daniel Amartey (who hasn’t played a minute this season) but appear to have no other reported concerns. 

How to follow

On TV

This game will be shown live via Sky Sports and Pick, which is free to view. Kick-off is 15:00 BST.

Palace Audio

Palace supporters all over the world can listen to live audio commentary of every Palace fixture in the 2019/20 season for as little as £1 per game on the official club app, mobile internet or on desktop.

Fans can buy a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49 per month or a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49, by clicking here

Find out more about Palace Audio here

Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page is bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

Our club website, cpfc.co.uk, is the place to go for team news on the dot, an instant report and all the post-match votes.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Leicester clash. With live stats and alerts, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

Download our app for free here!

International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here.

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Match Reports

Report: Leicester City 3-0 Crystal Palace

4 July 2020

A city in lockdown and also a defence, with Crystal Palace unable to find a way past Leicester City’s rear guard this afternoon, with the Foxes’ strike partnership, Kelechi Iheanacho and Jamie Vardy, scoring the goals in a 3-0 win for Brendan Rodgers' side.

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In summary

  • Mamadou Sakho, Jaïro Riedewald and Christian Benteke replace Scott Dann, Cheikhou Kouyaté and Andros Townsend
  • Leicester City’s James Justin smashes the crossbar from outside the box
  • HT: 0-0
  • Iheanacho taps home on 49 minutes to give Leicester the lead. 1-0.
  • Vardy’s 100th Premier League goal ends any Palace fight back. 2-0.
  • Tyrick Mitchell comes off the bench to make his Premier League debut, continuing the production line from the club’s famed Academy
  • Vardy adds a late third. 3-0.
  • FT: 3-0

Crystal Palace started like the home team, dominating possession in the middle of the King Power’s pitch, with Jaïro Riedewald – on his first start since Project Restart – displaying several moments of calm and intelligence on the ball, pushing play forward into the final third with a sense of urgency.

Despite winning the passing and possession statistics, it was in fact Leicester City who registered the first attempt of the game – a wayward header from Kelechi Iheanacho was going wide as soon as it left the striker’s head, but a statistic clocked up nonetheless for the Foxes.

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That first foray into the Eagles’ box did turn the momentum of the game, with Brendan Rodgers’ side pushing Ben Chilwell and James Justin further forward to curtail Palace’s control in midfield.

It was this shift in positioning that saw Justin rifle a shot against Vicente Guaita’s crossbar. The full-back finding space behind the midfield and in front of the centre-backs to set himself for a technically impressive effort.

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Two minutes later, it was Jamie Vardy who was looking to threaten Roy Hodgson’s side, with the Premier League’s - at the time - joint-top scorer and Ayoze Pérez finding themselves in a two-on-one situation against Mamadou Sakho.

Palace’s centre-back highlighted his experience to position himself perfectly between the Foxes’ pair, calmly blocking Vardy’s intended set-up for Pérez to tap home from six-yards.

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Palace’s best chance of taking the lead arrived in the 32nd minute, with Patrick van Aanholt winning a foul just outside the area, in an almost central position, with the left-back cleverly taking up a position inside with Wilfried Zaha and James McArthur occupying his usual left-wing at the time.

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After scoring against Bournemouth, and nearly replicating again against Burnley, Luka Milivojević went close to yet another Goal of the Month free-kick contender, but the ball stroked the wrong side of the side netting.

Rodgers’ half-time team talk saw the Foxes start the second-half better than they had the first, and on 49 minutes a fizzed, low cross from Youri Tielemans was tapped home by Iheanacho.

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Hodgson brought on Cheikhou Kouyaté for Riedewald just before the hour mark, as Palace looked to tweak things to find the equaliser. And it almost arrived on 60 minutes, with Gary Cahill attacking the ball well but the defender’s header was saved well down to Kasper Schmeichel’s right.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, that’s the closest they came to levelling the tie, with an unfortunate slip for Mamadou Sakho allowing Harvey Barnes plenty of uninterrupted time to pick out Jamie Vardy, who tapped home in a similar fashion to Leicester’s first, and finalised victory for the Champions League-chasing Foxes.

Despite the result, there was a positive to take from the 90 minutes at the King Power Stadium, with Academy product Tyrick Mitchell coming on for his Premier League debut. However, the full-back, alongside his defensive teammates, was unable to prevent Vardy adding a late third.

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Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt [Mitchell], Sakho, Cahill, Ward, McArthur [McCarthy 69], Milivojević, Riedewald [Kouyaté 59], Ayew, Zaha, Benteke [Townsend 82].

Subs not used: Hennessey, Dann, Meyer, Woods, Pierrick.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Chilwell [Bennett], Söyüncü, Evans, Justin, Ndidi, Iheanacho [Praet 63], Tielemans, Pérez [Barnes 75], Albrighton [Fuchs 75], Vardy,

Subs not used: Morgan, Gray, Ward (GK), Choudhury, Mendy.

 

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Ticket News

Ticket prices, dates and points for Leicester v Palace on April 11

2 March 2020

Crystal Palace face Leicester City at the King Power stadium on 11th April at 15:00, and you can find out all of the information you need for tickets below.

Ticket prices:

Adults: £30

Over-65s: £25

Under-22s: £25

Under-18s: £20

Under-16s: £15

Under-12s: £10

Sales phases

10am Monday 2nd March: Season Ticket holders and Paid Members with 3,000+ Loyalty Points

10am Tuesday 3rd March: Season Ticket holders – No Loyalty Points requirement

10am Wednesday 4th March: Paid Members – No Loyalty Points requirement

10am Thursday 5th March: Season Ticket holders and Paid Members can book an additional ticket (maximum of two tickets)

Please note, tickets went on sale to Away Season Ticket holders on Friday, 28th February.

Coach travel

10am departure from Selhurst Park

£21 per ticket

Tickets for Leicester v Palace can be bought online, by clicking here, by calling 0871 200 0071 or by visiting the Box Office at Selhurst Park in person.

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