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Preview: Leicester City vs Crystal Palace

23 October 2015


INTRO
Two of the Premier League's form sides go head-to-head at the King Power stadium on Saturday, as the teams sitting fifth and sixth in the table meet this weekend. 

Palace have enjoyed a strong start to the season, picking up 15 points from nine games and looking formidable on the road, beating the likes of Watford, Chelsea and Norwich City away from Selhurst Park.

Meanwhile, Claudio Ranieri has turned Leicester City from possible relegation candidates or mid-table hopefuls into one of the league's leading lights after nine games. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have proven to be two of the English top flight's most potent attacking players, and they will be looking to keep their super start to the season going on Saturday.



OPPOSITION VIEW

Claudio Ranieri: “I’m very happy but I’m very happy when I can choose good players. I have a good bench, I have good players also that haven’t travelled with us. 

“It’s important to have the right attitude. Everybody believes in this group and our strength is our group. If somebody doesn’t believe then it is a problem. But everybody when I put them on the pitch plays well.” 



TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: The Eagles will be without strikers Marouane Chamakh and Connor Wickham, who are close to a full recovery from injury, but still require some work to regain their match sharpness.

Joel Ward and Damien Delaney have continued to recover from injury, with the latter making the bench for last weekend's defeat at home to West Ham United, and both could be in the squad for Saturday.

Leicester City: Ranieri confirmed that Jamie Vary will be fit enough to feature on Saturday, despite picking up a wrist injury during the week.

However, Leonardo Ulloa will not recover in time to face Palace, whilst Matty James remains out of action with a long-term injury.

STATS
Leicester City have enjoyed only one win in their six Barclays Premier League matches against Crystal Palace, losing four and drawing one.

Crystal Palace have won nine of their last 12 Barclays Premier League away matches (W9 D0 L3).

At home, Leicester have lost their last two league encounters with Palace.

Vardy has had a hand in 18 goals in his last 19 Barclays Premier League appearances (13 goals, five assists).

Palace have averaged 2.25 points per match away from home under Alan Pardew (W9 D0 L3), compared to 1.27 points per match at home (W6 D1 L8).



OFFICIALS
Mike Dean will take charge of this one. He is yet to oversee a Palace game this season, but was in charge for Leicester's 3-2 win over Aston Villa in September. The last time he refereed a Palace league game, the Eagles beat West Ham 3-1 at Upton Park.

Referee: M Dean
Assistants: S Long, M Wilkes
Fourth Official: A Marriner

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Palace winsDrawsLeicester wins
League181418
League Cup311
FA Cup223
Total231722

LAST MEETING AT THE KING POWER
7th February 2015
Leicester City 0-1 Crystal Palace
Premier League

Palace stood firm against a Leicester City side desperate for some points, with Premier League survival still not certain. Heroic defensive displays ensured a clean sheet for the Eagles and Joe Ledley's powerful second half header secured all three points for Alan Pardew's men.

TICKETS
A small number of tickets are still available by phone or online from the CPFC Box Office.

LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Leicester will be available on Palace Player. Click here to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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