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Preview: Leicester City v Crystal Palace

21 October 2016


INTRO
Palace will be aiming to bounce back from last week’s defeat to West Ham United by extending their unbeaten away record to four games when they take on the reigning Premier League champions on Saturday.

Claudio Ranieiri’s side have lost as many league games this season as they did in the whole of their title-winning campaign already, and have won just one of their last five. However, they have won their first three games in the Champions League after the midweek success against FC Copenhagen thanks to a Riyad Mahrez goal.

Last season saw the Foxes come out on top in both clashes against the Eagles, but before that Palace hadwon four of their previous six Premier League meetings, and Alan Pardew will be hoping to rediscover that good form against a side he sees as a rival for a top 10 spot.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Claudio Ranieri: “We made a very good match but now we have to think about Crystal Palace. They are very tall and strong, similar to Copenhagen, but Crystal Palace have two wingers who are very, very fast. 

“It is another battle. They are strong at the back and they have good players at the front. They are a very good team. They’re well organised and we have to be very clever. 

“I want to find the right solution but this season I have to change something during the campaign when we play Champions League and Premier League.”


TEAM NEWS

Leicester: Jamie Vardy (groin), Wes Morgan (back) and Andy King (shin) are all fitness concerns for Ranieri ahead of this game, but the Italian hopes to have all three available.

Papy Mendy is definitely out with an ankle injury and Matty James is nearing a first-team return, but will definitely miss this game.

Palace: Pardew hopes to have Scott Dann back but is unsure whether to start his captain or hand him a place on the bench after his hamstring injury.

Loic Remy, Jonathan Benteke and Pape Souare are long-term injuries, with the Frenchman likely to be the first to return around December.


HEAD TO HEAD
Leicester winsDrawsPalace wins
League201418
FA Cup113
League Cup322
Play-Offs100
Total251723


STATS
Palace have won two of their last three league games against the reigning Premier League champions, winning 2-1 v Man City in April 2015 and 2-1 v Chelsea in August 2015.

The Foxes are unbeaten in their last 19 home Premier League games (W12 D7), the longest unbeaten run on home soil in the top-flight since Chelsea's 21 game streak which ended in August 2015.

If the Foxes lose here, it will be the lowest total from a defending champion since Leeds United in 1974/75 (also 8 - assuming 3pts for a win).

Jason Puncheon has created 10 chances for Christian Benteke this season, more than any player has for a teammate.

Andros Townsend has had more shots from outside the box than any other player this season in the Premier League (22).


OFFICIALS

Michael Oliver takes charge of this game which is his second Palace appointment of the season after he oversaw the 1-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in August. He has yet to dish out a red card this season but has given six penalties in seven Premier League matches.

Referee: M Oliver
Assistants: G Beswick and M McDonough
Fourth official: G Scott


LAST MEETING AT THE KING POWER STADIUM

24th October 2016
Leicester City 1-0 Crystal Palace
Premier League

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy scored in his seventh successive Premier League game as the Foxes moved up to fourth in the table.

The in-form England striker pounced after Brede Hangeland's error, nicking the ball over Wayne Hennessey and blasting home from all of three yards.

His goal settled a poor game with Palace coming closest to an equaliser through Scott Dann's looping header.

The Eagles had a second late penalty appeal waved away by referee Mike Dean as Fuchs appeared to handle in the box, but their pressure proved too little too late in a disappointing showing.


TICKETS
Tickets for this match are sold out.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the whole game at the King Power Stadium 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, or you can get in-game stats and live coverage on our new official app - click here for more information.

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