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Leicester vs Crystal Palace: Predictions
After booking their place in the FA Cup final this season, it was business as usual for Leicester in midweek, with Brendan Rodgers’ side putting relegation-threatened West Brom to the sword 3-0, creating a four-point gap between themselves in third and West Ham in fifth in the process.
Attention now turns to Crystal Palace, who have not won any of their last 17 league games against sides starting the day in the top six of the table, which certainly does not bode well here for Roy Hodgson’s men. The Eagles have been languishing quite precariously in mid-table throughout the season and look set for another campaign of survival but not much else.
The capital club have won just two of their last nine games, but the evergreen Hodgson will be determined to finish the season with aplomb; his contract expires in the summer and his future remains uncertain at Selhurst Park, so if this is to be his last hurrah, he will want to bow out in style.
For the Foxes, dreams of Champions League football are within touching distance, but they will need to make sure they win their ‘winnable’ games, and this is certainly a contest in which they will be firm favourites. Rodgers will be desperate to avoid any banana skins as we approach the home straight.
Leicester vs Crystal Palace: Match Stats
After a seven-game scoring drought, Jamie Vardy found the back of the net against West Brom, and he will be as relieved as anyone. With these next few games vital in Leicester’s season, he will now want to kick on and discover a rich vein of form to get his club over the line and secure a top-four finish. His lack of goals in recent times have not been for want of trying, though, as the former England international remains the player in the Premier League with the most offsides this term (29).
In fact, it is his strike partner Kelechi Iheanacho who has come to the fore and cemented his status as the club’s reliable goal-getter. The former Man City striker is the third-highest goalscorer in the Premier League since the turn of the year with nine strikes in 2021.
28 Dec 2020 – Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester – Premier League
04 Jul 2020 – Leicester 3-0 Crystal Palace – Premier League
03 Nov 2019 – Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester – Premier League
23 Feb 2019 – Leicester 1-4 Crystal Palace – Premier League
15 Dec 2018 – Crystal Palace 1-0 Leicester – Premier League
It was a limp draw to see out 2020 for Leicester, who managed to salvage a point at the death through Harvey Barnes after Wilfried Zaha broke the deadlock. Incredibly, Palace have won more Premier League games against Leicester than they have versus any other side (eight), but Rodgers’ men are in top form at present and will feel confident of bucking that trend.