Leicester City are getting closer to the title!
Last updated: March 16, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
The Foxes have started to show maturity! They started winning their matches 1-0. Leicester City beat Newcastle 1-0 on Monday with only 1 shot on target. Shinji Okazaki’s bicycle kick was enough to secure the three points for The Foxes. In addition, Claudio Ranieri’s players showed great discipline and a wonderful performance in defence. They kept a clean sheet in 3 of their last 5 Premier League matches.
Crystal Palace have only concentrated on their performance in The FA Cup. The Eagles have already reached the semi-finals of the competition. The last time they won a league game was on 19th December 2015. Since then The Eagles have lost 8 games and have finished with a draw on 4 occasions. Crystal Palace conceded 23 goals in these matches.
Alan Pardew’s players lost their last Premier League game against Liverpool. The Merseysiders were given a very controversial penalty and secured the victory in the very last second of stoppage time. Now, The Eagles are lying in 15th position with 33 points accrued, just 8 in front of the 18th-placed Norwich City, so Crystal Palace must improve their performance in The Premier League.
In-form Connor Wickham has received an injury, so he will be sidelined for the match against Leicester. The striker scored 4 goals in the last 3 games for The Eagles.
James McArthur is the other main omission for The Eagles. The midfielder has scored 2 goals in 24 participations for Crystal Palace this season.
All Leicester City’s players are fit. Claudio Ranieri is expected to make no changes in his starting eleven!
Matty James has resumed full training, but Leicester City’s manager won’t be risking his player, who returns from a 10-month absence.
Quotes of the week
Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) :
“I could easily say to my players that if anyone gets touched in the box go down. I could easily say that but I don’t want to say that. Try to win as fairly as we can.”
Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) :
“Our concentration is important. We are so strong; we think only of one match. Step by step, that is our philosophy.”
|Crystal Palace (4-4-2):||Hennessey, Ward, Souare, Dann, Delaney, Jedinak, Cabaye, Ledley, Zaha, Bolasie, Adebayor.|
|Subs||Kelly, Campbell, Mutch, Sako, Puncheon, Gayle, McCarthy|
|Leicester (4-4-2):||Schmeichel, Huth, Morgan, Simpson, Fuchs, Albrighton, Drinkwater, Kante, Mahrez, Vardy, Okazaki.|
|Subs||Gray, Wasilewski, King, Schlupp, Ulloa, Schwarzer, Inler|
So far this season
|Crystal Palace this season||Leicester City this season|
|4 (5)||(at home) Wins (away)||9 (9)|
|5-1 vs. Newcastle||Biggest win||3-0 vs. Stoke, Swansea and Newcastle|
|2 (4)||(at home) Draws (away)||5 (4)|
|9 (5)||(at home) Losses (away)||1 (2)|
|0-4 to Man City||Biggest Defeat||2-5 to Arsenal|
|Dann, Cabaye, Wickham (5)||Top scorer||Vardy (19)|
|Delaney, Puncheon, Wickham (3)||Assist Leader||Mahrez (11)|
|Y47, R2||Discipline||Y42, R1|
|9||Failures to score||3|
|16||Both Teams to Score Games||18|
|16||Over 2.5 Games||17|
|13||Under 2.5 Games||13|
- The Eagles have been drawing at half time and losing at full time in their last 3 Premier League matches at Selhurst Park. Their last home victory came 3 months ago.
- Crystal Palace have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 5 home league games. They have lost 8 of their last 10 matches in The Premier League.
- Leicester City won 1-0 in the first match of the season between these two teams. Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game in the 59th minute.
- The Foxes have won 5 of 17 visits to Selhurst Park. The last time they won an away game against The Eagles was 4 years ago (2-1 in The Championship).
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|24/10/15||The Premier League||Leicester 1-0 Crystal Palace||J. Vardy 59′|
|07/02/15||The Premier League||Leicester 0-1 Crystal Palace||J. Ledley 55′|
|27/09/14||The Premier League||Crystal Palace 2-0 Leicester||F. Campbell 51′|
|20/04/13||The Championship||Crystal Palace 2-2 Leicester||D. Gabbidon 26′|
|27/10/12||The Championship||Leicester 1-2 Crystal Palace||D. Delaney 23′|