Match Preview: Leicester City vs Crystal Palace

Managerial switches may have overshadowed this fixture to a certain extent, but nonetheless this match pitches two of the Championship’s form sides against one another.

Palace are unbeaten in nine, Leicester unbeaten in seven. The Foxes lead the form table with 16 points from a possible 18, Palace follow close behind with 14 points from thier last six games.

It took the Foxes 17 matches to reach the 25 points mark last season. Win on Saturday and they’ll have more points after 13 games (28) than they did in 2002/03 (27). No need to elaborate on where the Foxes ended up that year.

This could also be Leicester’s seventh home league win on the bounce, a sequence City haven’t matched at this level since 1993.

So what of managerless Palace, who haven’t won a league game in Leicester since 1995 and suffered double defeats against the Foxes last season?

Two draws in thier last two games might have some thinking the bubble has popped, but the Eagles boast the division’s fouth best away defence. Meanwhile Glenn Murray’s eight goals this season should be treated with the respect such a record commands.

Murray’s up against Kasper Schmeichel. The Dane has kept five clean sheets this season, more than any other Championship goalkeeper.

If the game is tight going into the final minutes Leicester could have a psycological advantage. Palace have scored twice in the last 15 minutes this season, but conceded seven.

With Cardiff expected to see off Burnley, only a win is likley to keep the Foxes in top spot.

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