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Leicester vs Crystal Palace: Match preview, lineups, quotes, form, injuries and how to watch
We preview the Saturday lunchtime Premier League clash between Leicester City and Crystal Palace, which is exclusively live on BT Sport from 11.30am.
When and where to watch Leicester vs Crystal Palace
Leicester take on Crystal Palace on Saturday 15 October (12.30pm kick off).
You can catch all the action from the King Power Stadium on BT Sport 1 and Ultimate from 11.30am.
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Leicester City vs Crystal Palace match preview
We could be entering last-chance saloon territory for Brendan Rodgers at Leicester.
Failure to win at home (or at least not lose) to Crystal Palace after defeat at Bournemouth might be enough for the owners to act.
The Foxes currently sit joint bottom of the Premier League table on four points.
They’ve also played a game more than Nottingham Forest, also on four points.
James Maddison is the man who can make things happen and Rodgers certainly has the players at his disposal to get out of trouble, but his team needs to show more belief to secure all three points on Saturday.
There's perhaps a place for some of the old guard to come in and make a difference. The likes of Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton might be able to provide a much-needed spark of inspiration.
Crystal Palace face Leicester off the back of a good win against Leeds and a decent performance, which ultimately ended in defeat, against Chelsea.
They’ll feel confident of winning this fixture, with Wilfried Zaha, Jordan Ayew, Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise all providing the pace and trickery that players hate to defend against.
Leicester vs Crystal Palace predicted lineups
Leicester: (4-1-4-1) Ward; Castagne, Evans, Faes, Justin, Soumare, Maddison, Tielemans, Dewsbury-Hall, Barnes, Daka.
Crystal Palace: (4-3-3) Guaita; Ward, Anderson, Guehi, Schlupp, Olise, Doucoure, Eze, J Ayew, Edouard, Zaha.
Leicester vs Crystal Palace: Injuries and suspensions
Leicester defender Timothy Castagne picked up a facial injury which forced him off during the Foxes defeat to Bournemouth at the weekend.
It was the same eye socket that the Belgian international injured at the start of last year’s Euros, so he’s a doubt for Saturday.
Wilfred Ndidi will also miss out after struggling with a hamstring injury.
Patrick Vieira doesn’t have any new injury concerns after their victory over Leeds on Sunday, but Nathaniel Clyne is still out nursing an ankle injury he picked up against Chelsea.
Midfielder James McArthur continues his recovery from a long-term groin issue, while defender Nathan Ferguson is progressing well from his ankle injury.
Form (last 6 matches)
Leicester – LLLLWL
Crystal Palace – WLDDLW
Leicester vs Crystal Palace: Form guide
It wouldn’t be an understatement to say Leicester’s season so far has been a disaster.
Pretty much since the summer transfer window slammed shut, the Foxes have been in trouble.
At the start of this month Leicester managed to overcome Nottingham Forest at home and it looked like that might be a turning point in their season, with a trip to Bournemouth up next.
But despite going 1-0 up, the Cherries fought back to take all three points and continue their turn around in fortunes under manager Gary O’Neil.
Leicester remain bottom of the table alongside Forest on four points, having played a match more.
Brendan Rodgers can’t afford to lose against Palace at the King Power.
Crystal Palace’s league position isn’t looking too healthy either, though they do have a game in hand over some of the league’s other teams.
Vieira will be keen to make the most of that game in hand to keep the Eagles away from the relegation zone.
Postponements have made it difficult for Palace to get any real rhythm going in recent weeks, but their weekend win over Leeds would’ve been a welcome relief after suffering last-minute heartache against Chelsea the week before, when ex-Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher returned to Selhurst Park to clinch the winner.
Leicester vs Crystal Palace: Last time they met
These two clubs last met in April when Leicester took all three points at the King Power Stadium.
The match ended 2-1 to the Foxes with goals from Ademola Lookman and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall. Wilfried Zaha pulled one back for the visitors.
He said what?!
Brendan Rodgers after defeat to Bournemouth:
“The players will tell you that I am very motivated to help and support them, but we have to find a greater consistency.
“Adversity always helps you because it is then how you react. For me it is important to stay calm with it.
“It is not easy, that’s for sure, but it is my job to lead the team through and out of it.”
Leicester vs Crystal Palace: Players to watch
James Maddison has been a ray of light in what’s been a pretty bleak season for Leicester so far.
He has scored five goals this season and made two assists in his eight appearances.
Rodgers might not be happy with Leicester's summer business, but keeping hold of James Maddison was vital.
If Leicester are to get out of trouble this season, Maddison will likely be the catalyst.
With Wilfried Zaha often grabbing the headlines for Crystal Palace, you could be forgiven tor overlooking Eberechi Eze.
But the young midfielder’s silky skills and ability to create chances for others is a priceless asset for the Eagles.
Vieira has admitted that there’s more to come from his midfielder and that he’s getting ‘better and better’. If he can score more, like he did against Leeds, he could prove to be as vital as his Palace teammate, Zaha.
Leicester vs Crystal Palace: Key stats
- Waiting for a win: Crystal Palace are winless in their last six against the Foxes (D2 L4).
- Kick 'em when they're down! Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League games against sides starting the day in the relegation zone (W7 D5).
- Letting it slip: Since the start of last season, no side has dropped more points from winning positions in the Premier League than Leicester (35, including 14 this season).
- Shoot on sight! No player has had more shots from outside the box than Leicester’s James Maddison in the Premier League this season (15). Three of his five goals this term have come from distance – also a league high.