Leicester City vs Crystal Palace: Fearless Foxes will continue Champions League chase

As the Premier League's final run-in edges ever so closer, Brendan Rodgers' side could solidify their Champions League ambitions with a victory over Crystal Palace.

Best bets

Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfried Zaha have 31 Premier League goals between them so far this season.

The three players to have on or more shots on target each is 9/4 on Paddy Power.

Brendan Rodgers' side have won three of their last five Premier League matches, and 18 so far this season.

Leicester to win, BTTS, 4+ corners each team and 20+ booking points each team on Sky Bet.

Luka Milivojevic and Caglar Soyuncu have accumulated nine yellow cards between them in the league so far.

Both players to be carded is 12/1 on Sky Bet.

Leicester must prevent repeat of late European slip up

Crystal Palace are far from unfamiliar to Brendan Rodgers, the mind wanders back to THAT night at Selhurst Park in 2014, where the Irishman's Liverpool side famously squandered a three-goal lead to draw 3-3, subsequently contributing to the cataclysmic collapse of their title hopes.

Just under seven years later and Rodgers has revolutionised Leicester in their most successful period of football since the reign of Claudio Ranieri, and looks set to guide them to the Champions League once more - something his previous employers look likely to miss out on after drawing to Newcastle on the weekend.

One unfortunate memory in the minds of all those involved with the club however, is their late dip in form at the back end of last season. Poor results saw them disastrously drop from the top four places - an emulation of the same fate this time around would be heavily unwelcomed at the King Power.

With a hunting pack of Liverpool, West Ham and Tottenham breathing down the neck of the top four, Leicester currently reside in third place, four points clear of West Ham with a game in hand on David Moyes' side with six games to go.

Should they be successful in the clash with Hodgson's side, they will edge ever so closer to those oh so famous European nights that they have relentlessly longed to regain.

Head-to-head in the Premier League

Played: 17

Leicester wins: 6

Draws: 3

Crystal Palace wins: 8

Leicester goals: 18

Crystal Palace goals: 24

Last three meetings in the Premier League

Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester City (December 28, 2020)

A late Harvey Barnes goal rescued a point for Leicester earlier this season, after Wilfried Zaha gave the hosts the lead at Selhurst Park.

After a tough run of form for the Eagles that saw them concede ten goals in two games to Liverpool and Aston Villa, they were delighted when Zaha put them ahead after converting a pinpoint cross from Andros Townsend.

After persistently pushing for an equaliser, Leicester were handed a late lifeline when Barnes' superb strike rescued a point for them with seven minutes of normal time left to play.

Leicester City 3-0 Crystal Palace (July 4, 2020)

The usual suspects struck for Leicester as a Jamie Vardy brace and a goal for Kelechi Iheanacho as the Foxes breezed past Palace.

After a goalless first-half, Iheanacho broke the deadlock four minutes into the second, giving Leicester the lead, as Vardy doubled it in the 77th minute with his 100th Premier League goal.

Vardy bagged his 101st four minutes into stoppage time, as Leicester enjoyed a well-earned victory at the King Power.

Crystal Palace 0-2 Leicester City (November 1, 2019)

Leicester moved up to third thanks to goals from Soyuncu and Vardy, securing a credible three points at Selhurst Park.

Both sides came close to grabbing the opener in the first half, but their efforts were to no avail as the players headed to their respective dressing rooms with the game goalless.

Soyuncu headed home to put Leicester in front after 50 minutes, before Vardy sealed the deal in the 87th as the Foxes' brilliant run-of-form continued.

Progression is key for Palace

As they look set to finish in the Premier League's bottom half for a sixth straight season, Crystal Palace are on course for yet another underwhelming league campaign - as rumours continue to circulate about the future of Roy Hodgson.

The Eagles' one win in their last six tells the overall story of their season, lacklustre performances resulting in large periods of inconsistency under the reign of the former Liverpool and England man.

Sitting in 13th place, Palace are 11 points adrift of the relegation zone and eight points away from Arsenal who sit 10th, with two games in hand on Mikel Arteta's side with seven left to play, and don't appear likely to finish the campaign close to either.

With Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool all awaiting the Eagles in the weeks following the clash at the King Power, it is pivotal they can pick up some much needed victories ahead of what could be a large period of transition for the club this summer.

Goalscorer bets

James Maddison has six Premier League goals to his name at this stage of the campaign.

The Foxes' midfielder is 7/1 on Paddy Power to score from outside the box.

Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho have formed a clinical strike partnership at the King Power as of late.

Vardy to assist Iheanacho and Iheanacho to assist Vardy is a longshot at 80/1 on Sky Bet.

Christian Benteke has scored three times in his last seven games for Roy Hodgson's side.

The Belgian is 7/2 to score anytime on Sky Bet.

Score Prediction: Leicester City 3-1 Crystal Palace

Goalscorers: Jamie Vardy, Kelechi Iheanacho, James Maddison, Christian Benteke

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