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Preview: Crystal Palace v Leicester City

15 April 2017


INTRO

Palace were back to winning ways at Selhurst Park on Monday evening winning 3-0 against Champions League spot chasing Arsenal. Whilst Leicester lost 4-2 away to Everton last weekend, which ended their Premier League winning run. 

With both sides in good form recently, it will be a tough battle but it will surely be an eventful afternoon. However, the Eagles will have confidence after defeating Arsenal that they can produce a performance worthy of another win. 

OPPOSITION VIEW

Craig Shakespeare: “It doesn’t surprise me [that Palace are doing well under Sam Allardyce]. His record is there for all to see. It's no surprise.

"We need to be competitive as we still need points. We need to concentrate on Palace and try to get those points.

"We’re expecting a difficult game. We all still need the points. None of us are safe. You could see on Monday their confidence.

Offensively they're are a major threat. Their wingers, we need to keep them quiet and then the threat of Benteke in the air too."

TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Andros Townsend may be a slight doubt for Palace with a heel injury sustained in the win against Arsenal. The others are long term injuries with Loic Remy(Calf), Soctt Dann(Knee), Patrick Van Aanholt (Ankle), James Tomkins (Calf), Fraizer Campbell (Hamstring), Connor Wickham (Knee) and Pape Souare (Leg) continuing their recoveries from their respective injuries.

Leicester City: Midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is a doubt for the Foxes with a groin injury as well as captain Wes Morgan. Nampalys Mendy and Molla Wague are also major doubts and are unlikely to feature on Saturday.

HEAD TO HEAD

Palace winsDrawsLeicester wins
League
181421
FA Cup
311
League Cup
223
Total
231725

STATS

Crystal Palace have alternated between victory and defeat in their four home Premier League games against Leicester, keeping a clean sheet in each win and failing to score in each defeat.

After winning just one of their first six Premier League games against Crystal Palace (D1 L4), Leicester have since won the last three in a row.

Sam Allardyce has won his last two home games against reigning Premier League champions as a manager, beating Manchester City with West Ham in 2014-15 and beating Chelsea with Sunderland in 2015-16.

Crystal Palace have won five of their last six Premier League matches (L1). Before this run, they’d won five games in 26 attempts in the Premier League.

Both Crystal Palace and Leicester have won 15 of a possible 18 points in their last six Premier League games – the only side to have won more points in their last six PL matches are Spurs (18).

The Eagles have won their last three league games at Selhurst Park – they haven’t won four top-flight home games in a row since December 1990. Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend had yet to be born when this occurred.

Wilfried Zaha has assisted nine goals for Crystal Palace in the Premier League this season, equalling the record by an Eagles’ player in a single PL campaign (Wayne Routledge, nine in 2004-05).

Leicester City have won four and lost just two of their eight Premier League away games in London since the start of last season (W4 D2 L2)

Palace have currently won 50% of their duels this season second only to Stoke. Wilfred Zaha has won 58& of his 118 take ons, the midfielder has been instrumental in the creating and scoring of goals for the Eagles this season.

OFFICIALS

Referee Mike Dean has officiated 30 games this season, across five competitions including 24 Premier League fixtures.

He has brandished 119 yellow cards out this season, 95 of which were in the Premier League. He has also awarded 11 penalties, including one earlier this season against Bournemouth at Selhurst Park, which was the last time he took charge of a Palace fixture. 

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: S Long, E Smart
Fourth official: M Jones

LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK
Premier League
Palace 0 – 1 Leicester
19th March 2016

A Jamie Vardy cross was turned in by Riyad Mahrez mid first half to give the visitors the lead at Selhurst Park last season, this win also stretched Leicester’s lead at the top of the tale to 8 points.

Although Palace largely dominated the game, they were unable to find a leveller and that defeat meant the Eagles extended their winless run in the league to 13.

TICKETS

This game is SOLD OUT

LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the whole game at Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 
 
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