Leicester vs Crystal Palace – Match Preview
As far as the Premier League restart is concerned, some clubs have certainly benefitted from it and some will wish the season was not forced into a slumber and it is fair to say, that Leicester fall into the latter group.
At the start of March, Leicester looked an almost cert to finish in the top four of the Premier League and as a reward, mark a return to the Champions League and the chance to show their talents on a continental stage.
Unfortunately for the Foxes, the momentum that they cultivated in the first seven months of the season has dissipated and after picking up just a single point from the nine restart points on offer, their top four hopes now lie firmly in the balance.
Due to such a string of impressive performances before the hiatus, Leicester did have something of a protection buffer between themselves and the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. However, due to a string of poor performances, that buffer has now been eroded.
With that said, Leicester will at least be grateful of the fact that Chelsea slipped up on Wednesday, as the Blues suffered a shock defeat to West Ham and although it stopped Brendan Rodgers’ men from slipping to fourth, they won’t be able to rely on the fortunes of others much longer.
Which means, Saturday’s visit of Crystal Palace is nothing less than a must win encounter and with the Eagles having little to play for, the visit of the South Londoners could provide the perfect Premier League tonic.
In terms of Roy Hodgson’s side, it has been a mixed bag in terms of performance and after getting the better of Bournemouth in their first restart game, they have had to make do with defeats to both Liverpool and Burnley.
Defeats that have curtailed any steam that they may have had and therefore any faint hopes of qualifying for next season’s Europa League have faded into the distance, as they settle for more mid-table mediocrity.
In terms of the bookmaker odds going into this one, Leicester are the clear favourites and although that comes as no real surprise, they do come with a level of what can only be described as ‘tippers caution’
Because Leicester have been the favourites in their first two post-restart matches and were only slight outsiders before Wednesday’s defeat to Everton – which means, there has perhaps been an element of market overconfidence.
However, they will be well placed to get the better of Crystal Palace and even though they were favourites at home to Burnley on Monday night, they failed to get the better of a well drilled Clarets outfit.
When these two teams met earlier on in the season, Leicester ran out 2-0 winners at Selhurst Park and although their recent form has been rather shaky of late, they will be well placed to do something similar this Saturday.
Which means with Leicester priced on the moneyline at -144, it points to another home banker and one of many which are on offer this weekend. With that in mind, it seems as if home is where the heart will be over the next couple of days.