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Palace Preview: Eagles’ solid record facing test against Leicester City

2 November 2019

Given the Eagles’ recent form against Leicester City, Crystal Palace fans may have felt a certain hubris for the visit of the Foxes before last Friday.

But as Jamie Vardy struck home a 94th-minute penalty against Southampton to record the league's biggest ever top-flight away win, Roy Hodgson’s men were dealt a warning call and the meeting of two of the country’s in-form sides this afternoon at 2pm hotted up markedly.

For Palace, playing Leicester City in recent years has been a fruitful occasion, with the aggregate score between the two teams over the last four matches sitting at 13-1 in the south Londoners’ favour.

The most recent two games between Palace and Leicester at Selhurst Park have seen the former run-out as 5-0 and 1-0 victors respectively and the pair of clubs held one another to a 2-2 draw in the clash before.

But Leicester’s strength this season balances out any confidence the Eagles hold for the visit of Brendan Rodgers’ side. Leicester sit fourth in the table after 10 matches, drawing with Chelsea and overcoming Tottenham Hotspur already.

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In fact, since Rodgers’ first Premier League match in charge on March 3rd, only Liverpool (19) and Manchester City (17) have won more top-flight matches than Leicester (11).

At this stage of the competition, the Foxes have started more strongly than they did in 2015/16, when they finished top of the league.

After 10 games, this is Palace’s second-strongest start to a top-flight season, sitting level on points but with a worse goal difference than at this stage in 2015/16.

Did you know?

This will be Palace’s fourth Premier League game in a row against a side starting in the top five of the table – the first team to have had such a run since Wolverhampton Wanderers in November 2010.

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Tactical overview

League and club top scorer, Jamie Vardy, is usually fielded as a lone striker. And the position appears to be working. Sitting on nine goals, Vardy is ahead of Sergio Aguero and Tammy Abraham in the push for the league’s Golden Boot.

One of the keys to Vardy’s success in front of goal is the generous supply he receives from the talented four-man midfield behind him.

With the in-form James Maddison, Youri Tielemans, Harvey Barnes, Dennis Praet, Demarai Gray and Ayoze Perez to pick from, Rodgers has a fine selection of forward-minded players to feed Vardy’s clinical style.

Team news

Palace were without goalkeeper Vicente Guaita in their recent clash with Arsenal but the Spaniard had been expected to play. Roy Hodgson revealed that Guaita has trained all week.

Defender Martin Kelly returned to the matchday squad for the Eagles’ clash with the Gunners having been unavailable to face Manchester City the week before.

Palace have, however, lost Andros Townsend, who picked up a muscle strain against Arsenal.

Leicester appear to have no injury concerns bar long-term absentee Matty James.

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How to follow

The best way to follow Palace's clash with Leicester is to buy one of the few remaining tickets. Grab yours here!

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 eye-catching footage of all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

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. And if you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.

Did you know you can become an International Member from just £45 and receive benefits such as guaranteed tickets for any home league game and exclusive live Palace TV streams for selected games? You can - by buying here!


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Match Reports

Report: Palace's winning record v Leicester ends

Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester City

3 November 2019

In an even affair which saw two of the league’s in-form sides go head to head, Crystal Palace fell by two cruel goals against Leicester City to see their recent success over the Foxes come to a halt.

Their first loss to Leicester in six meetings, Palace enjoyed infrequent chances of their own, but the visitors were the only team to capitalise on their few openings and goals from Caglar Soyuncu and Jamie Vardy were enough to divide the sides at full-time.

  • Vicente Guaita starts after two matches sidelined by injury; Jeffrey Schlupp replaces the injured Andros Townsend.
  • After a largely uneventful first-half, the scores are level at 0-0 going into half-time.
  • Leicester take the lead with Caglar Soyuncu scoring from a corner after a magnificent Guaita save.
  • The visitors then double their lead through Jamie Vardy, who strikes home from a Demarai Gray pass.
  • Full time: Palace 0-2 Leicester.

Leicester may have visited south London this afternoon on the back of a record-breaking 9-0 victory, but it was the hosts who pushed hardest in the game’s opening exchanges.

The Foxes' Harvey Barnes landed the first shot on target as the returning Vicente Guaita easily collected his dipping effort, but it was Palace who surged forward with the greatest consistency - Wilfried Zaha and Jeffrey Schlupp linking-up well along the left-wing to supply those in red and blue filling the penalty area.

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James McArthur was first to be crowded out by black shirts before Jordan Ayew found himself similarly frustrated moments later. And after skewing an effort over the crossbar, Ayew had made himself well acquainted with the visiting backline.

After 15 minutes, however, the game had levelled out and, following a defence-splitting pass from James Maddison, Jamie Vardy burst his way to the near post, where Guaita stood strong to deny the resulting close-range effort.

Barely a minute later, Maddison again almost succeeded as provider when his lofted corner found a leaping Jonny Evans, the ball then headed inches too high to find the net.

Ultimately, Evans’ warning to the Palace rearguard failed to materialise for the remainder of the first-half and it was the Eagles who posted the most threatening alert when Schlupp caught a dropping ball on his chest and launched a deflected effort at goal.

With the ball spinning down from Youri Tielemans’ calf directly towards the net, Kasper Schmeichel had no choice but to tip the shot to safety and back towards the Holmesdale faithful.

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At half-time, then, the two sides fairly remained stuck in a deadlock.

Looking to increase the tempo of the game’s second-half, Palace cautioned the visitors as Cheikhou Kouyate whipped-in a fine cross towards the six yard box but, lunging forward, Ayew was unable to turn the ball home and Leicester were let-off with a sigh of relief.

There would be no such let-off for Palace five minutes later, though, when the Foxes took the lead.

After Guaita denied the persistent aerial threat of Evans with lightning-quick reactions, Soyuncu punished the hosts for leaving him unmarked in the box from the resulting corner. With a bundled header, the Turkey international set the Palace net rippling and un-did Guaita's fine work just seconds before.

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Palace sought to respond and one section of Selhurst’s Main Stand clearly felt they had when Schlupp fired a goal-bound ball only to be denied by the narrow deflection of a wall of Leicester bodies. In the same attack, Joel Ward fired into the gloves of Schmeichel.

After the vexation of having conceded in an even clash, Palace appeared motivated and were knocking loudly on their hosts’ door. 

But their efforts were in vain come full-time after Vardy stroked a first-time effort into the back of the net on the end of a smartly played ball from Demarai Gray.

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As if to pin the Eagles back for the afternoon's final few minutes, Ben Chilwell then clipped the inside of Guaita's post but his effort bounded into Palace's possession.

A third Leicester goal would have been harsh on Palace and, after a game which saw few chances fall to either side, the final whistle would sound with no further action.

Palace: Guaita, Ward, Van Aanholt, Cahill, Tomkins, Schlupp, Milivojevic, Kouyate (Meyer 74), McArthur (McCarthy 78), Zaha, Ayew (Benteke 78).

Subs: Hennessey, Dann, Kelly, Camarasa.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Chilwell, Soyuncu, Evans, Pereira, Ndidi, Barnes (Morgan 84), Maddison (Praet 90+1), Tielemans, Perez (Gray 74), Vardy.

Subs: Ward, Justin, Albrighton, Iheanacho.

Watch full post-match reaction and highlights of this clash by keeping an eye on Palace TV. Head to Palace TV by clicking here or 'Palace TV' in the official app.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Your next chance to see Palace at Selhurst

28 October 2019

There are a handful of tickets remaining for Crystal Palace's upcoming clash with Leicester City (November 3rd, 14:00) and you can buy yours now for the next chance to see Roy Hodgson's men play in SE25.

With tickets sold out for Palace's match with Liverpool, the game with the Foxes is the only chance to see the Eagles play at Selhurst before December.

And with Palace's record against Leicester seeing the south Londoners notch four wins from four outings, scoring 13 goals in the process, you won't want to miss this face-off between two of the league's most in-form sides.

If you want to watch the Eagles host the Foxes in one of the finest top-flight matchday experiences available, you can book one of the few remaining places in our Premium lounges here.

To purchase seats around the rest of Selhurst, click here to buy online, call 08712 000071 or visit the Box Office at Selhurst Park in person.

Please note that this is a Category B game available to Season Ticket holders and Members, who can buy a maximum of four tickets each.

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