Preview - Crystal Palace vs Leicester City 03 November 19

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Match Day 11
Crystal Palace vs. Leicester City
Sunday, November 3rd 2019
22:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace:
Last five matches form: D W W L D
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.20
Top Scorer: Jordan Ayew (4)

Leicester City:
Last five matches form: W W L W W
Average goals per match: 2.50
Average goals against per match: 0.80
Top Scorer: Jamie Vardy (9)

We have admittedly been a little on the fence with Leicester City so far this season, but it's becoming a little more difficult to argue that they aren't the real deal now. Hot on the heels of posting the biggest ever win in the history of the Premier League when dismantling Southampton 9-0 at St. Mary's, Brendan Rodgers troops now head to Selhurst Park to take on Roy Hodgson and Crystal Palace.

It was in fact Palace who dominated this fixture last season - nicking a 1-0 victory in this one, and coming away from the King Power with all three points courtesy of an impressive 4-1 success.

Currently sitting in sixth position, Crystal Palace have themselves started the season in pretty encouraging fashion. Arriving on the back of a solid draw at Arsenal last time out, their only defeat here at home has come at the hands of Manchester City. With three clean sheets from five here, they seem unlikely to capitulate in anything like the manner Southampton did. As a side more built to attack on the counter, they can however struggle for goals when attempting to break teams down.

Leicester have lost twice on the road - at Manchester United and Liverpool - but only narrowly on each occasion. That clean sheet at Southampton was their first so far this season.

Leicester will rightly arrive here on a big high, but may just find this tough. We don't see the Foxes losing, but fancy a goal may be enough to see the home side claim a point.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1 - 1 Leicester City


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 2
Shots: 12 - 14
Shots on target: 3 - 5
Corner Kicks: 5 - 6
Possession: 44% - 56%

Two bookings for each side in this one, with referee Paul Tierney taking the names of Jeffrey Schlupp and James Tomkins of Crystal Palace and Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu of Leicester City.

Not really too much in the way of clear-cut chances in the opening period. Leicester City were having marginally the better of it though - Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy forcing Vicente Guaita into a decent stop and Johnny Evans heading over from a corner. Little to nothing from Palace from an attacking perspective. Goalless at the break.

The pattern of play continued in a largely similar vein after the interval, with the visitors making most of the running.

Leicester had looked dangerous from set-pieces all afternoon, and it was from a corner kick that they finally took the lead in the 57th minute. Caglar Soyuncu arriving to meet the ball in from the right to get down low and head home from inside the six-yard box.

The Foxes then made sure of the points with two minutes to play. Nice one-two between Jamie Vardy and Demarai Gray in the area, ending with Vardy finishing low into the right hand side from around 13 yards out and to the left of the penalty spot.

Palace didn't look like getting back into it and it was Leicester who came closest in the closing stages when Ben Chilwell rattled the inside of the post. 0-2 final score.

The Leicester City bandwagon continues to roll on in the early stages of this Premier League season. Brendan Rodgers side move back up into third on the back of this win. Bit of a setback for Crystal Palace. They do nevertheless stay in the top half of the table in ninth though.

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