Leicester City vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Leicester City vs Crystal Palace Preview | Team News, Key Men & Stats

Leicester welcome Crystal Palace on Saturday in Matchday 10 of the Barclays Premier League. At the moment, there is not a lot to differentiate the two sides. They have both garnered an identical 9 points out of a possible 18 in the last 6 games and sit in the 5th and 6th position in the league table respectively.

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Team News

Leicester City

Not too adversely affected by injuries, we expect manager Claudio Ranieri bring in Riyad Mahrez and Nathan Dyer into the starting line against Crystal Palace. He will, however, be without the services of striker Leonardo Ulloa who is yet to recover from his thigh injury that he picked up in training.

Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew will be without the services of some of his crucial players going into the game at King Power Stadium. Chamakh and Wickham (calf) are definitely out of the game with their injuries while Joel Ward (Knock) could feature in the game after having recovered in time. The club will also be without the services of attacker Dwight Gayle as he serves his ban for the red card he received against West Ham. We expect Bamford to start the game in place of the Englishman.

Interesting Facts

  • This will be the 61st meeting between these 2 sides in all competitions.
  • Both the teams have won 22 games, with 16 games ending in a draw.
  • Palace have beaten Leicester at the King Power Stadium in the last 2 seasons.

Possible Line-Up

Leicester City

Schmeichel, Morgan, Fuchs, Simpson, Huth, Albrighton, Mahrez, Dyer, Drinkwater, Okazaki, Vardy

Crystal Palace

Hennessey, Dann, Hangeland, Kelly, Souare, Bolasie, Cabaye, McArthur, Puncheon, Zaha, Bamford

Key Men

Riyad Mahrez

The Algerian winger has been phenomenal for Leicester City this season. The attacker showed his class last week when he helped the club come from behind to eke out a critical draw against Southampton. With 5 goals and 4 assists so far, Mahrez has played a direct role in almost half of Leicester’s goals this season. The tricky midfielder has often left the defence on his heels as he has completed an incredible 35 take-ons this season. We expect him to start the game after coming off the bench in the last game and his performance will be critical to the outcome on Saturday.

Yannick Bolasie

Bolasie has been one of the players who has risen immensely under Pardew and he will once again want to prove his worth to his manager. He has had a rather silent season so far, with just 1 goal and 3 chances. But there’s more to his game than just that and that too has not been on display this season. He will need to rediscover the lost sheen on Saturday to help Palace garner a positive result against a side that’s flying high on confidence.

Prediction

We expect Leicester City to win this game comfortably on home. If you believe the same, Paddy Power is offering the best odds. However, if you think the game will end in a draw or a Palace win, you should have a look at Betfair and BetVictor respectively.