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The Palace Preview: Leicester City

15 December 2018

Crystal Palace take on former Premier League champions Leicester City today for a 15.00 kick-off and will be looking to build on their recent successes against the Foxes in a bid to regain their league form.

City were founded in 1884 as Leicester Fosse FC by a group of former pupils from Wyggeston School and have since gone on to win both the Premier League and League Cup, competed in the Champions League and even had three players nominated for the Ballon d'Or.

Today, their league form speaks for itself and the Foxes currently sit 9th in the Premier League, just four points from sixth place having only lost one of their past seven games. Lately, Claude Puel's team have been hard to beat despite their relative lack of goals and the side have notched up all four of their league draws this season from just their past seven games.

Palace's overall form has been poorer, though their last match at Selhurst Park did result in a well-earned 2-0 win over Burnley. Further, the Eagles have won both of their previous two matches against Leicester, scoring an astonishing eight goals when facing them from just two games last season.

The most recent match between the sides will last long in the memory of fans as Palace ran out 5-0 victors at home while last season's campaign wound to a close. It was their biggest ever Premier League win and joint-highest scoring top-flight victory, too. Five different goalscorers got their names on the scoresheet that day and perhaps the most memorable of these was Christian Benteke, who netted a famous 90th-minute penalty.

The win was part of an incredible end to the season in which Palace went six games unbeaten and won five of their final eight matches.

Looking to today again, encouragingly only Southampton have conceded more Premier League away goals than Leicester in 2018 and Roy Hodgson's Palace will be keen to take advantage of the visitor's leaky away defence as the Eagles have only lost once from their past five home games with Leicester.

However, one to watch is James Maddison, the 22-year-old former Norwich City midfielder having scored two goals from his past three matches. He has netted five times overall in the competition and is impressing regularly since stepping up from the Championship in the summer.

Maddison's abilities have even earned him international recognition, and the Foxes star was called up to the England senior team for the Three Lions' recent matches against Croatia and Spain. He will be looking to maintain his run of form on Saturday and to break through what has been a resolute home defence.

One player to have notched up appearances for both teams, of course, is Jeffrey Schlupp. Schlupp was with Leicester from 2005 to 2017 and is the only current Palace player to have won the Premier League, having done so with the Foxes in 2015-16.

In total, he featured 150 times for the club before moving to Palace in January 2017.

Fellow attacking left-back Patrick van Aanholt has also featured for each of the opposing teams, having played 12 games for Leicester in the Championship while on loan from Chelsea in 2012.

Team news

Roy Hodgson has stated that he has the same squad available to him for Saturday's match as he did against West Ham United last week bar James Tomkins and Wilfried Zaha, who are suspended.

For Leicester, Jamie Vardy has missed City's last two matches due to a muscle injury but now looks available to play while Harry Maguire has also returned. Ben Chilwell, however, is currently being assessed and is a doubt for the game.

Where next?

For the rest of your pre-match reading, see what will be included in the Palace programme or check out how the lads have prepared in training ahead of the game. 

And to see what former Leicester player Schlupp has to say, head over to his interview now. Alternatively, read what manager Hodgson thought ahead of the match or watch his full press conference via Palace TV.

For all of the information you'll need on Saturday, head over to our matchday guide now.

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