Premier League In Focus – Crystal Palace vs Leicester Preview

When? Saturday 28th April, 15:00 (UK)

Where? Selhurst Park

What channel is it on? Crystal Palace vs Leicester will not be televised live in the UK

Are tickets still available?

Crystal Palace - https://www.ticketbis.net/crystal-palace-v-leicester-city-tickets/ev330880

Leicester - https://tickets.lcfc.com/en-GB/events/crystal%20palace%20v%20leicester%20city/2018-4-28_15.00/selhurst%20park

Where can I stream the match? N/A

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Crystal Palace W1, Leicester W1, D3
Premier League meetings: Crystal Palace W5, Leicester W4, D2
All-time meetings: Crystal Palace W24, Leicester W26, D18

CRYSTAL PALACE

Predicted line-up: Hennessey; Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, Cabaye, McArthur; Townsend, Zaha, Loftus-Cheek

Unavailable: Wickham (Injured), Dann (Injured), Puncheon (Injured), Sako (Injured)

Doubtful: Schlupp (Injured)

LEICESTER

Predicted line-up: Hamer; Simpson, Maguire, Dragovic, Chilwell; Mahrez, Adrien Silva, Ndidi, Albrighton; Iheanacho, Vardy

Unavailable: James (Injured), Iborra (Injured)

Doubtful: Amartey (Injured), Schmeichel (Injured), Okazaki (Injured)

PREDICTION
Crystal Palace were frustrated last weekend when they were held to a goalless draw by Watford at Vicarage Road. That said, every point will help the Eagles' plight as they look to soar further away from the relegation zone.

This Saturday sees them play host to a Leicester side who are showing signs of already dreaming of the beach as they look more than comfortable in mid-table. Claude Puel’s men have not won any of their last three outings as any hopes of a top seven finish have evaporated.

The fact that Leicester are now seemingly coasting is something that could well play into Crystal Palace’s hands, especially as they save their best football for their own fans.

It could even be that Palace all but secure their top-flight status this weekend. If they win and Southampton lose then it would only be goal difference that could relegate them. Even then it would need a dramatic rescue act from the Saints. Leicester can’t wait for next season by the looks of it, and it looks like they will be playing Palace once more, especially if the hosts get an expected home win.

MEMORABLE MEETING
The 1996 Division One play-off final saw Crystal Palace and Leicester square off at Wembley with both clubs looking to earn a place in the following season’s Premier League, and it was the Foxes who came out on top in dramatic circumstances.

With just seconds remaining in extra-time and the game almost certain to go to penalties, Steve Claridge’s well-taken volley from the edge of Palace’s area nestled into the top corner and subsequently earned the East Midlands outfit promotion to the top flight.