Crystal Palace vs Leicester by Luke
Crystal Palace surprised a lot last Monday evening when the team managed to take all three points against Arsenal in front of own fans with impressive 3:0 result. Despite having way less of the ball possession, hosts looked way more concrete and better with the ball to their feet, while the Gunners continued their poor run on the road.
Townsend broke the opponents' defense in 17th minute, while Cabaye and Milivojevic (from penalty kick) sealed their victory with two quick goals within five minutes, in 63rd and 68th minute. This was fifth victory in last six matches for Crystal Palace, as the side won over Chelsea in the progress too away from home and are now very close to maintaining the Premier League status if the team continues in the same way - they are six points above relegating placed Swansea.
Crystal Palace will probably be lined up in 4-2-3-1 formation with Benteke as central striker, plus Townsend, Puncheon and Zaha as offensive midfielder. Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda (9/0) is injured, same as central defenders James Tomkins (20/3), Scott Dann (23/3), as well as offensive players Loic Remy (4/0), Connor Wickham (8/2) and Jonathan Benteke (1/0). Left back Pape Souare isn't fully fit yet.
Leicester had an interesting game last weekend away to Everton, but the team suffered 4:2 defeat probably being much more interested in their Champions League game that was played on Wednesday evening when the team suffered narrow 1:0 defeat away to Atletico Madrid and kept all the chances of progressing further.
Naturally, visitors had much less of the ball possession and looked close to harmless against a side from Madrid, that managed to score the only goal via penalty kick taken by Griezmann. Of course, their second leg match against the Spaniards won't be easy, but the team still has chances as they await the opponent on next Tuesday evening. As for Premier League, the side is eight points ahead of relegating placed Swansea and won't probably have relegating issues further on.
Visitors from Leicester will be playing in their typical 4-4-2 formation, with Slimani and Ulloa probably as forwards. Central defender Wes Morgan (27/1) and midfielder Nampalys Mendy (4/0) remain injured. Their manager will probably be looking to make number of chances ahead of this one.
- Crystal Palace have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 home matches (Premier League).
- Crystal Palace have won 5 of their last 6 matches (Premier League).
Victory over Arsenal on Monday evening surely did improve morale of Crystal Palace's players and I'm sure that they are big favorites now ahead of the clash against Leicester. Visitors are coming in between two important Champions League matches and I see competitive motive playing huge role for this one.