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Preview: Crystal Palace vs Leicester City

28 April 2018

As the season enters its final weeks, Palace host Leicester City in their penultimate home game of the campaign, which began with both teams struggling at the foot of the table in the early stage.

Palace don’t boast a good recent record against today’s opponents on their own patch, with their only success in the last five encounters coming in September 2014.

They did though end a five-game winless run against the Foxes at all venues back in December when they ran out 3-0 victors at the King Power Stadium – their heaviest win of the campaign.

Puel planning for next season

Leicester City

Recent months have seen the Foxes marooned in mid-table, too far away to challenge for the European places but comfortably out of the survival scrap, however their supporters would have been more than happy with that after a disastrous start that saw them win once in their opening eight games.

That saw Craig Shakespeare replaced by Claude Puel, who conversely lost just once in his first eight matches to pull the Foxes into the lower end of the top half before Christmas, where they have remained ever since.

With nothing left to play for following an FA Cup quarter-final exit to Chelsea last month, Leicester have claimed just one win from their last five games as their season peters out. Puel has been testing out youngsters such as Hamza Choudhury and Harvey Barnes in recent weeks as he casts an eye towards next term in the Premier League.

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View From The Opposition

Claude Puel

Claude Puel: “Our home game against Crystal Palace was difficult. They need another result to secure their place, and they have a lot of qualities.

“It is important to see our journey. When I got here, it was important to save the club. Now, we play in the top half of the table. We maintain the club, we saved the club, now it is important to put in place a good foundation.

"I want to say to our fans, it is important to put in place good foundations for the future. We need to mould the style, not change, but to give stability for long-term success. It is important to see other players before the end of the season because we have to take resolution about some players, so it is important to give them some game-time."

Team News

Christian Benteke

Former Fox Jeffrey Schlupp featured for the development side in midweek as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury, and Hodgson has also confirmed that Connor Wickham has returned to training after a groin issue.

That means that Jason Puncheon, Scott Dann and Bakary Sako are the only casualties, although the Eagles captain is in light training again.

Puel confirmed that both Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki would remain sidelined for Leicester's trip to Selhurst Park with ankle injuries. 

Daniel Amartey will also miss out as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury, while Vicente Iborra has suffered the same fate.

Programme

Inside The Crystal Palace v Leicester Programme

28 April 2018

Matchday Officials

Mike Dean

For the third time this season, Mike Dean has been handed a Palace game, with the Eagles winning each of their last two that he has officiated against Stoke City and Huddersfield Town. He also oversaw the 4-0 loss to Manchester United in September - the only Premier League game in which he hasn't brandished a yellow card this season.

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Ian Hussin and Daniel Robathan
Fourth official: Neil Swarbrick

Matchday Stats

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson has never lost against Leicester City as a manager (P5 W4 D1 L0), and has won every home game during that time.

Jamie Vardy has been on the losing side in eight Premier League games this season when he has scored, a record for a single campaign in the competition.

Wilfred Ndidi has made 135 tackles in the Premier League, 28 more than any other player in the division this term.

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Matchday Guide: Leicester City

28 April 2018

Head-to-Head

  Palace wins Draws Leicester wins
League 19 15 21
FA Cup 3 1 1
League Cup 2 2 3
Play-offs 0 0 1
Total 24 18 26

Tickets

Tickets for this game are sold out and as a capacity crowd is expected please arrive early at the stadium.

Matchday Information 

All our opening times and information surrounding events around the ground pre and post-match can be found in our matchday guide.

Advice for fans travelling to Selhurst Park can be found in our supporters guide.

Check out details of that is happening in our Fanzone from midday on Saturday. 

Live Coverage

If you can’t make it to Selhurst Park, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, for which a 24-hour pass can be purchased if you aren't an annual subscriber.

There will also be updates on Twitter, and highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Sunday morning. 


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