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Leicester City vs Crystal Palace, free match prediction 27 Apr 2021

27 Apr 2021 | 00:30 | Leicester, King Power Stadium
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Quality Leicester take on a mixed Crystal Palace with home side looking to cement 3rd place

  • Leicester remain 3rd after a good spell of form recently
  • The Foxes have reached an FA Cup final, but are only a point ahead of Chelsea in the league
  • Crystal Palace are drifting in midtable with little to play for this season

Leicester to win 1-0

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Leicester, King Power Stadium

LEICESTER CITY vs CRYSTAL PALACE Match Preview & Analysis

Leicester and their manager Brendan Rodgers have enjoyed a fantastic couple of weeks, reaching their first FA Cup final in approximately 50 years, and will face Chelsea for the opportunity to win the trophy next month.

It is Chelsea who are aiming to take 3rd spot away from the Foxes, too, with Thomas Tuchel’s Blues just a point behind them after their victory over West Ham 48 hours before this fixture.

This is Leicester’s game in hand, and three points would take them four ahead of Chelsea with five games to play. Not completely certain of a Champions League spot next season, but as good as.

As for Crystal Palace, they have neither league position nor cup competition to play for in the remaining month or so of the season, and so they are left drifting just below mid table currently.

Roy Hodgson’s side have won only one of their last six games, but with 38 points in the bag already, they are virtually safe this season.

Teams Preview

Leicester City Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WLLWW

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Have responded well to losing back-to-back league games earlier this month

     Their forwards are all fit and firing right now

Reasons to be fearful:

     Have lost seven of their 16 home games this season

     Palace will be the fresher of the two after gap in fixtures

Leicester are a dangerous proposition for any football club right now, and they appear to have learned from the mistakes of last season when they were knocked out of the top four on the final day of the season by Manchester United.

They are a more well-rounded outfit this season, relying less on just Jamie Vardy’s goals to propel them to wins and a squad brimming with youth and experience alike.

Reaching an FA Cup final has clearly boosted their morale, judging by the way in which they brushed off the challenge of West Brom in a thumping 3-0 victory in their next fixture.

Here, Ricardo Pereira could return at full back, while the rest of the squad are largely fit and ready to go again.

Star Man – Kalechi Iheanacho

Can’t stop scoring at the moment. The striker has had a wonderful second half of the season, scoring 13 goals in 13 appearances.

Crystal Palace Preview

Form Guide (all comps): DLWDL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Zaha has a good record against Leicester

     Comfortably safe of relegation this season

Reasons to be fearful:

     Have won just two of their last nine fixtures

     One clean sheet from the last 19 games

Crystal Palace have the firm look of a side who have very little to play for during the remainder of the season, with their place in next season’s Premier League all but secured and no chance of pushing too far up the table.

With Wolves, Villa, Arsenal and Leeds all picking up points more frequently than Palace right now, Roy Hodgson’s side will struggle to rise into the top half.

The Eagles have a poor record against Leicester, not earning a victory against them from their last three attempts. Their form has been disappointing recently too, with just two wins from the last nine, and struggling to score goals too.

Palace still have a whole host of players missing through injury, although Gary Cahill has a small chance of being fit.

Star Man – Wilf Zaha

Leicester have been Zaha’s favourite side over the years, scoring five goals against them.

LEICESTER CITY vs CRYSTAL PALACE Winning Prediction

     Leicester are favourites

     Will the Foxes be fatigued?

     Can Palace cause an upset?

With the form Leicester have been in recently, it would be a surprise if the result of this game was anything other than a win for the Foxes.

The one thing on Palace’s side is that they should be better rested than their opponents. Their last game was 15 days ago, whereas Leicester have played three times since then.

They have a big squad, of course, which is why they are still favourites to win.


Leicester to win 1-0

Author: Ross B.