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Crystal Palace vs Leicester City, Premier League 2022-2023, Today Match Prediction

Selhurst,London, Selhurst Park

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Roy Hodgson returns as Crystal Palace take on Leicester in relegation scrap

  • Crystal Palace sacked Patrick Vieira and hired Roy Hodgson over the international break
  • Palace sit in 12th, although just three points ahead of the relegation zone
  • Leicester are in a more dangerous position, just one place and one point ahead of the drop zone

Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester

Tournament: Premier League 2022-2023 | Venue: Selhurst,London, Selhurst Park

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Roy Hodgson has returned as Crystal Palace manager after the club dispensed with Patrick Vieira over the recent international break.

Hodgson is well thought of at the club having spent four positive years there between 2017 and 2021. It is expected that he is under a short-term contract with the aim of keeping Palace in the Premier League.

He has plenty of experience and should be able to re-focus the players at his disposal to kick on and earn enough points to make themselves comfortable.

Leicester are far less certain of a place in the Premier League next season and are now without a win from any of their last five in the league.

The Foxes are stalling under Brendan Rodgers and are just one point ahead of the bottom three. Defeat here could see them dragged further in the mess.

Crystal Palace Preview

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Roy Hodgson’s calming management will help

     Home support will be right behind players and manager

Reasons to be fearful:

     No wins against Leicester in their last seven meetings

     Winless in 13 league games

Crystal Palace have taken the bold step of sacking their manager at a crucial part of the season, a decision that not everyone seems to agree with.

Patrick Vieira hadn’t been able to get the results required to take Palace to the next level – the club has gone 13 games without victory – but there was a feeling that he could steer them to safety this season.

Their next six games are all against teams beneath them in the league and Roy Hodgson has as good opportunity to start putting some points on the board.

The Eagles’ home support will be right behind their new manager and the players here and it could help them get over the line. 

If they can rediscover their energy and counterattacking qualities, they’ll be fine this season.

Star Man – Wilf Zaha

Zaha has seven goals from his 10 appearances against Leicester, his best return against any opponent. He was Hodgson’s best player before and he can be once again here.

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Reasons to be cheerful

     Haven’t lost to Palace in their last seven contests

     The Foxes score goals but concede plenty also

Reasons to be fearful

     No wins from their last six in all competitions

     Defeat would likely see them move into the bottom three

Unlike Crystal Palace, Leicester have decided to stick with their manager, Brendan Rodgers, throughout the season despite long spells of poor football and disappointing results.

There is still more than enough quality within this Foxes squad to be higher up the league than they currently are, but they are in a scrap for survival and must start to put points on the board.

Whereas Palace struggle to score goals but don’t concede too many either, Leicester have little trouble finding the net but can’t keep them out at their own end. 

In Maddison and Barnes, alongside the likes of Daka and Iheanacho, they have some quality attackers who can win a game if they click.

Star Man – James Maddison

Maddison, alongside Harvey Barnes, has dragged this Leicester team along at times this season. Maddison is now a regular in England’s squad and is reaping the rewards for having an excellent season individually.

     Will be a tight game

     Don’t expect a high-scoring contest

     Pace in wide areas is Palace’s route to goal

Neither team will want to lose this game and that may overtake their desire to win it.

Roy Hodgson will demand his players to be more compact and organised, especially at home. Brendan Rodgers knows that his team simply can’t afford another defeat which could mean slipping into the bottom three.

With that in mind, a draw could be the obvious outcome here.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Leicester

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Author: Ross B.