by Ian S. Palmer
Leicester City find themselves still leading the English Premier League with just eight games to go in season. However, a couple of title challengers do have a game in hand on them. The surprise leaders need to keep racking up the points if they hope to hang on and win the title for the first time in club history. They travel down to London on Saturday, March 19 to battle it out with an out-of-form Crystal Palace side at Selhurst Park. Leicester were 1-0 winners at home against lowly Newcastle United last Monday while Crystal Palace made it to the semifinals of the English FA Cup by downing Championship League club Reading 2-0 away last Friday.
- Pinnacle currently lists Leicester as the favorites at +150 with Crystal Palace +213 and a draw at +232
Crystal Palace vs Leicester City – Head to Head:
- These two teams met at King Power Stadium in Leicester back on October 15 with Leicester winning 1-0. Palace were 1-0 winners is Leicester last season and took their home game by a score of 2-0. Overall, the squads have faced off against each other 64 times in the past with Leicester winning 24, losing 23 and drawing the other 17. Palace has won just five of the last 15 meetings with four draws and six losses.
Crystal Palace has slid all the way down the standings to 15th place in the 20-team league. They have 33 points from nine wins, six draws and 14 losses with 32 goals for and 39 against. They have just four victories at home in 15 matches with a pair of draws and nine defeats while scoring 16 times and conceding 21. They have four clean sheets at Selhurst Park and have been shut out there five times. Overall, they’ve recorded six clean sheets and have failed to score on 10 occasions. Palace is winless in their past half dozen home outings with a draw and five defeats.
Leicester City has 63 points from 18 wins, nine draws and just three losses with a league-high 53 goals scored and 31 allowed. Leicester has been excellent on the road this season with nine victories, four draws and just two losses with 28 goals for and 16 against. They’ve recorded four clean sheets on their travels and have been shut out just once. Overall, they have 11 clean sheets and have failed to find the net just three times. Leicester has three wins, a draw and two losses in their past six road fixtures. They enter the weekend with a five-point lead over second-place Tottenham Hotspur and 11 points over third-place Arsenal.
Leicester should at least finish in the top four and qualify for the European Champions League for the very first time since they’re 14 points up on fifth-place West Ham United. However, late-season collapses have taken place before in the Premier League. Palace also needs to be careful as they’re just eight points ahead of 18th-place Norwich City and the relegation zone. They’re winless in the past 12 league games with four draws and eight defeats. Palace is expected to be without Kwesi Appiah, Marouane Chamakh, Mile Jedinak, James McArthur and Connor Wickham. Leicester could be without Matthew James and Andy King.
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