Leicester v Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 19, 2019
King Power Stadium - Premier League
Just one place separates Leicester and Crystal Palace as the two mid-table teams face off at the King Power stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Foxes have struggled with consistency this season, and come up against an Eagles side that are unbeaten in their last five games.
A Luka Milevojevic penalty secured the win for Crystal Palace in a hotly contested clash between the two sides back in December.
Claude Puel trialled a new-look side against Tottenham, and may change again for Palace's visit - with Jamie Vardy likely to return to the starting line-up.
Wilfred Zaha is almost certain to slot back into the starting line-up having served his suspension, however, Roy Hodgson finally has options up front. With Christian Benteke fully fit, and Michy Batshuayi having started against Doncaster, the manager has a decision to make over who will partner the Ivorian.
Leicester v Crystal Palace Predictions and Previews
Leicester's week's defeat by Tottenham was far more significant that the loss of three points suggested. In dropping star-forward Vardy, before bringing him on only to miss a penalty with his first touch, Puel showed the type of decision-making that has seen him loose the support of a section of the fan-base.
Of course, life after the Premier League win was always going to be a slight disappointment for the Foxes, but almost three years on the side are still struggling to find their identity. Arguably over-conservative team-selections and a possession-based style has not complemented Leicester's squad, whilst the loss of Riyad Mahrez over the summer had a predictably disastrous impact on their attacking threat.
Against Palace, who have looked increasingly organised an efficient over the past month, this failure to create could well be the home-sides downfall. Since the beginning of the season, the absence of a centre-forward has made Roy Hodgson's job significantly harder. However, with two Belgian strikers now available, the Eagles just need one to find a spell of form, and they have the defensive structure to punish the likes of Leicester.
However, this may be easier said than done, as neither Benteke nor Batshuayi, who are 3/1 and 10/3 to score this weekend, have yet to hit the target. As a result, Saturday's game could well turn out to be a case of which set of midfielders is best able to break the deadlock.
For Palace, Milevojevic is leading the scoring charts, whilst James Maddison has been the main threat for Leicester so far this term. The two play in opposing positions, and may make for an interesting match-up at the King Power this weekend.
Wilfred Zaha to score anytime at 14/5
The winger-turned forward may benefit from a week's break and a physical presence alongside him.
Both teams to score and Leicester to win at 4/1
If the Foxes push forward they have the quality to break Palace down, but may leave themselves exposed at the back.