Watch Leicester vs Crystal Palace live on Sky Sports Premier League or Main Event from 2.30pm on Saturday; Kick-off is 3pm
Last Updated: 03/07/20 5:46pm
Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Leicester vs Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
James Maddison is a doubt for Leicester as they prepare to host Crystal Palace.
The midfielder aggravated a hip problem on his return from injury at Everton on Wednesday night and will be assessed.
Saturday’s game will be the Foxes’ fifth in 15 days and with matches coming thick and fast, boss Brendan Rodgers admitted there could be changes to the side. Wes Morgan, Hamza Choudhury, Ayoze Perez, Demarai Gray and Kelechi Iheanacho are among the options available.
Palace striker Christian Benteke is fit again having missed the last two matches – both defeats – with a thigh problem.
Long-term absentee Martin Kelly (calf) has begun training with the squad having been sidelined since January.
Jeffrey Schlupp, who has not played since December, remains absent after sustaining an injury when training resumed, as does fellow defender James Tomkins (thigh).
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Leicester vs C Palace
July 4, 2020, 2:30pm
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You have to scratch your head with Leicester. Some teams have come back poorly, some teams have come back positively, and some teams have been inconsistent. What has happened with Leicester?
If anybody out of the top four could have benefited from the break, it would have been Leicester – they were lagging, struggling for goals, and could not get James Maddison on the ball. Are they in jeopardy of sliding out of the top four? I think they are.
Brendan Rodgers would not have allowed them to soften their attitude, but all of a sudden they do not have goals in there. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is now level with Jamie Vardy, and you can see the frustration within those Leicester players. Maddison played well when he came on last time out but they are not getting the ball in the areas that matter.
Teams are squeezing them and having a pop at them. Rodgers will question why they are panicking. Chelsea have caught up, while Wolves and Manchester United are catching up too. Leicester go to Arsenal next week, and Crystal Palace are the masters of turning a result around and bouncing back from defeats.
I have been fairly impressed with Palace. I like Wilfried Zaha and his skills, but he does not lift his head up to use team-mates. He does not see the bigger picture. Palace will sit in and condense the space, and ask Leicester to play with width. This is going to be another frustrating game for Leicester.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (6/1 with Sky Bet)
- Leicester’s 2-0 win at Selhurst Park in the reverse fixture ended a run of four straight Premier League defeats against Crystal Palace – they last did the league double over them in 2015-16.
- Crystal Palace have won their last two Premier League away games against Leicester, winning 3-0 in December 2017 and 4-1 in February 2019.
- Crystal Palace were the last London club to win away at Leicester in the Premier League (4-1 in February 2019). Since then, Leicester have won five and drawn two home games against London sides, while this could be the first campaign they remain unbeaten in such matches since 2000-01.
- Since collecting maximum points across eight Premier League games between October 19th and December 8th, Leicester City have won just 17 points from their last 16 Premier League games (W4 D5 L7).
- After a run of four consecutive victories without conceding, Crystal Palace have lost their last two Premier League games without scoring. They remain the only side yet to score more than twice in any of their 32 Premier League games this season.
- Crystal Palace have netted just nine Premier League goals before half-time this season, failing to score in the first half a joint league-high 24 times. In a completed Premier League season, only Sunderland in 2002-03 and Aston Villa in 2015-16 (both 8) have netted fewer in the opening 45 minutes.