Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs Leicester City

As Paul Gallagher crashed home his second and Leicester City’s third against Crystal Palace last November few could have imagined the Foxes would win just one more match before the clubs met again. But, seven games later, it is Crystal Palace who look like viable playoff material and Nigel Pearson’s Foxes who have forgotten how to win.

Leicester have taken just seven points in their last seven matches, the same number as Coventry City and Doncaster Rovers. With three wins and two draws in their last seven games, Crystal Palace have won more points in the same period than West Ham.

The form book looks grim, and there is little to raise the spirits of Leicester fans in the stats. The Eagles have only been beaten at home by Middlesbrough this season, and Leicester have won only once in seven league and cup visits to Selhurst Park this century.

Palace might not have scored more than once in a league match since October, but they have kept three clean sheets in their last four outings, a record which has produced three very useful 1-0 wins.

Nigel Pearson likes those sort of results. When he was last in charge of Leicester the side won more matches by a single goal than any other Championship team in the 2009/10 season. To move back to that sort of form, Pearson will need to address the issues which have led to Leicester conceding an average of a goal a game since his return.

That said, Leicester have scored in every game since Pearson was re-appointed. It is no real surprise a 1-1 draw is favourite amongst the bookmakers.

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4 Responses to Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs Leicester City

  1. hdeagle says:

    Palace’s defensive record of late is the best in the Championship as we have only conceded 10 goals in our last 15 games and only 1 goal in our last 6 home games.
    Recently we have had 7 players out injured and that is why we have not scored many and have had so many 1-0 wins.
    Our players are now a very difficult team to beat and our young side is on the up.

    Welcome to Fortess Selhurst and our special atmosphere as we are a very tough nut to crack and have only lost 3 home games in the last 18 months.
    We expect another home win today and a 1-1 draw is very optimistic based on the two clubs recent form.

  2. Palace Tart says:

    We should win this 2 or 3-1.

    Therefore, and knowing Palace, I think Leicester will beat us 2-0 and it would be apt and sickeningly predictable that Danns will come off the bench to score one and set the other up.

    I for one will clap him either way, he’s a great player.

  3. Adam says:

    Pearsons gone nuclear on the team, no Konchesky, Peltier, Wellens or Gallagher. Hope its an illness/injury issue ignoring Wellens the other 3 have done nothing to deserve being dropped. Playing 5-3-2, midfield of Abe, King and Danns, not too much creativity there. Will be nice to see Danns get a full game in central midfield though.

  4. Palace Tart says:

    36 minutes gone and I’ve got it right already 😦

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