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The Palace Preview: Leicester City

23 February 2019

Crystal Palace have made the journey to Leicester today for a 17.30 kick-off against a side they have lately enjoyed a fine run of form against.

Overall, the Eagles have won by a 9-0 aggregate score against the Foxes in their past three clashes, winning the game this season 1-0 through a remarkable Luka Milivojevic strike.

Prior to that, two matches will stand out fondly in the minds of Palace fans: a 5-0 home victory - the Eagles' largest ever in the Premier League - and a 3-0 win on the road.

The south London club are unbeaten in four against the Foxes, who have drawn one and lost five from their most recent six clashes in all competitions. It is their longest unbeaten string of fixtures since October 2017.

Leicester's poor run means that they have slipped down the table and now sit in 12th, just five points ahead of the Eagles in 14th.

The match is therefore a significant chance for Palace to close the gap and pull themselves further from the league's bottom three.

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Jamie Vardy seems to be one key threat to this chance, however, as the 32-year-old striker has bagged two from his past three despite his side's tough run-in. Palace too are armed up-top, however, as Christian Benteke has scored in each of his last three fixtures against the Foxes with 67% of Palace's goals coming from their travels this season.

Overall, then, the signs are positive.

The only players to have worn the blue of Leicester before adding in red with Palace are Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp. Though Van Aanholt was only with the Foxes on loan for a brief period in 2011, Schlupp rose through the ranks of their youth system and spent a total of 12 years there.

Team news

Palace were without Wilfried Zaha in their recent game against Doncaster Rovers, however the Ivorian midfielder will be available for tomorrow's clash as he returns from suspension. Aaron Wan-Bissaka will also miss the clash as will Martin Kelly.

For the Foxes, James Maddison and Ben Chilwell will be assessed ahead of the fixture. Papy Mendy is available for the game after recovering from a groin problem that saw him miss their clash with Tottenham.

Tactical overview

Leicester are typically quite solid in the middle of the park and do not play with particularly noticeable width. Often, they will lineup with Vardy leading the front line as two players support him in a slightly less central position high in midfield.

An interesting battle, then, might be seen with Palace's competent central midfielders Luka Milivojevic, Cheikhou Kouyate and James McArthur looking to prevent any balls being fed through to Vardy, who is masterful at latching onto passes through the backline where his clinical, poaching style comes into its own.

Your matchday stat and ref

Anthony Taylor will officiate this clash with Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn acting as his assistants. The fourth official will be David Coote.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson will be aged 71 years and 198 days on the day of this game, making him the oldest person to take charge of a Premier League game.

Live coverage

This clash will be shown live on BT Sport 1 from 17.00 onwards.

For those watching from the USA, it will be shown on NBC Sports Live.

And for fans living abroad elsewhere, check out our Worldwide TV Listings now or see where the nearest Official Fan Club is to you.

For those who want to listen to full commentary of this game, Palace Audio will provide it for just £1.49. You can even buy a Season Pass now for only £10. Find out more here!

Watch below: Martin Kelly, who has recently extended his contract with the club, looks back over his time with the Eagles.


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