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Premier League preview and odds: Leicester vs. Crystal Palace


Published on: 22/10/2015

Premier League preview and odds: Leicester vs. Crystal Palace

October 24, 2015 15:00pm – King Power Stadium

Premier League

Leicester City’s unlikely assault on the Premier League top four will continue on Saturday afternoon when they welcome fellow European hopefuls Crystal Palace to the King Power Stadium.

City still going strong

Leicester City just won’t go away. After a surging start to their league campaign under experienced Italian Coach Claudio Ranieri, many expected the East Midlands team to fade away. But with nine games played, the Foxes are still hanging on to the coat tails of their more illustrious Champions League rivals - and of course, West Ham United.

Leicester return to home soil after two away games in which they gathered another four points, with a win at Norwich and a draw at Southampton. Those strong results came after they suffered their one and only defeat of the season at home to in-form Arsenal.

Ranieri’s men are third in the goal-scoring charts and can boast the league’s leading marksman amongst their ranks. Jamie Vardy currently has nine goals to his name following his brace last time out against the Saints.

Roller-coaster season for Palace fans

It’s either all or nothing for Alan Pardew’s men - with five wins four losses and zero draws, there seems to be no middle ground for Crystal Palace. That roller-coaster ride of results has left the Eagles in a very respectable sixth place after nine games played. They sit just a point behind this weekend’s fifth-ranked opponents.

In their last match, they went down by three goals to one at home to high-flying West Ham in what was their third home defeat of the season. Overall, Palace have a better record when playing away from home with nine of their 15 points having been secured on the road.

Team news

Leicester City could welcome back Leonardo Ulloa who has been out with a knock while Matthew James remains the only long-term absentee. Jeffrey Schlupp is just one yellow card away from suspension.

Palace will be without the suspended Dwight Gayle but may be able to call on the services on Connor Wickham who has recovered from a rib injury. Joel Ward remains a doubt while Kwesi Appiah and Marouane Chamakh are both on the long-term sick list.

Recent form (League)

Leicester City: DWLDW

Crystal Palace: LWWLL

Betting odds and tips

This game will be a tough one to call. The Eagles are better on the road but the Foxes have only lost once all season. The draw is tempting until you remember that Crystal Palace just don´t do stalemates. The home side are not afraid to play an open game and this should make for an interesting contest. There should be chances for both sides and much will depend on who is more clinical in front of goal.

With that in mind, Leicester should just edge this one. They are the league’s third-top scorers and despite conceding a large number at the other end, they seem to have the ability to find crucial goals when needed. You can back the home win at 13/10 with Betfred.

Jamie Vardy is a goal machine at the moment and the Leicester front man can be backed to score anytime at 13/8 with Bet365.

Published on: 22/10/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (22/10/2015 12:08:10) but are subject to change.