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Crystal Palace v Leicester Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

April 24, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Selhurst Park - Premier League

Crystal Palace welcome Leicester to Selhurst Park on Saturday, with the hosts looking for one more victory to surely secure their Premier League survival. Can the Eagles soar above the clutches of the Foxes, who are now set to miss out on European football?

Past Meetings

Palace pulled off a magnificent 3-0 victory at the King Power earlier this season, ending Leicester’s four-match unbeaten streak in this fixture. The Foxes won three of those, with the Eagles matching that sequence in the four games prior. Last season’s corresponding fixture saw Palace come from two goals down to claim a 2-2 draw.

Team News

Roy Hodgson will be without five players for this game, with Bakary Sako, Jason Puncheon and Scott Dann all out for the season. Jeffrey Schlupp is on his way to full fitness, while Connor Wickham could make a return in the next couple of weeks.

Kasper Schmeichel could return between the sticks for the visitors, while Shinji Okazaki is rated as 50/50 for a comeback of his own. Daniel Amartey is in contention after a thigh injury, but the season’s over for Vicente Iborra and Matthew James.

Crystal Palace v Leicester Preview and Predictions

This is a massive game for the home team, who have a great chance to get a vital three points on the board. Both Crystal Palace and Leicester played out goalless draws at the weekend, and while a point away at Watford was decent enough for the Eagles, the Foxes’ Europa League chances are now all but over.

Whether or not Palace take advantage of any absent Leicester minds with little left to play for this season, the hosts start as favourites in the betting for this one. They’re available at 11/10, which looks a decent enough price considering the circumstances going into the game.

With a trip to Stoke coming up next, followed by a home game against bottom club West Brom on the final day of the season, another point wouldn’t be the worst result for the Eagles, and you can back that at 27/10.

After losing two games in a row against Newcastle and Burnley, Leicester’s stalemate at home to relegation-threatened Southampton compounded the malaise that’s set in as the season reaches its end. If you think the Foxes will start a run-in that sees them face four capital clubs in their last four fixtures, the away win’s priced at 14/5.

Recommended Bets

Wilfried Zaha to score and Palace to win at 5/2

The pacy forward had a turbulent time at Vicarage Road last weekend, where he was unlucky not to win a penalty for his team. He’s a constant threat and still hopes for a late call into the England squad ahead of the World Cup.

Palace to win 3-0 at 20/1

Back the Eagles to really fly with this bet, which would be their second victory in succession over Leicester by this scoreline. Add in Zaha as your first scorer and the odds increase to 50/1.

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