These two are side by side in the league with Palace coming in to this game slightly more confident, will that be the difference?
Eagles will be buoyant
Palace are unbeaten in five in all competitions, which includes two wins in The FA Cup which has seen them progress in to the quarter finals where they will face Watford. Palace are in the midst of playing a lot of teams around them in the league, with recent fixtures against Southampton and West Ham, now this clash and then games against Burnley and Brighton at the beginning of March with just the small matter of a visit from Manchester United in between.
A look at their last few fixtures against The Foxes should inspire further confidence for the visitors; they haven’t conceded in their last three encounters and have led at half time and full time in each of those games, add in to the mix that Leicester have lost three on the bounce at The King Power Stadium and it’s all looking rather good for Palace.
Fancy the visitors to extend their good form? They’re available as the outsiders to win the match, priced at 3.4
Leicester are facing some issues going in to the match, they are already without Daniel Amartey and Marc Albrighton, whilst two of their most influential players face late fitness tests; the English duo of Ben Chilwell and James Maddison. If Maddison fails a late fitness test Leicester may lack creativity in the midfield, with Youri Tielemans their main source of quality in that position.
It is in the wide areas where Leicester have threatened this season, Chilwell and Pereira have been superb from full back, their tireless overlapping had made life difficult for their opponents and also given the likes of Demarai Gray, Maddison and now Harvey Barnes more room to operate.
Palace will be boosted by the return of their star man Wilfried Zaha after he missed the FA Cup win against Doncaster last week. There is competition in attack for the visitors as well as the two Belgians; Michy Batshuayi and Christian Benteke compete to start as the focal point in attack. Palace also welcome back Cheikhou Kouyate who returns from injury and is likely to start in midfield.
A game reliant on width
For both sides this season a lot of their success has come in wide areas, for both that is where their top performers have been. For Palace it’s of course Zaha, but also the revival of Andros Townsend who has produced some spectacular moments for his side this season, his stunning volley against Manchester City being by far the most memorable. The emergence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been of benefit to the whole team but Townsend in particular, his pace and energy is a real asset and has complimented Townsend both offensively and defensively. On the other side is Patrick Van Aanholt, a very similar player, both will be looking to get up in support of their wingers at every available opportunity.
It’s a similar story for Leicester, their fullbacks have been some of the best in the league this campaign, and there could be some real battles down either wing. Ricardo Pereira vs Wilfried Zaha could be a real match up.
We’ve got to hope for this to be an open and entertaining affair with how both these sides play, and both will fancy their chances of getting a win. A win which would be fantastic for both.
Both teams to score could have some real value at 1.9.
Over 1.5 goals @ 1.36
Wilfried Zaha to score anytime @ 4.2
Both teams to score @ 1.9