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Leicester vs Crystal Palace: Foxes to wear down Eagles

Kick-off: 2000, 26/04/2021

Stadium: King Power Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

Leicester are looking good for a top-four finish in the Premier League and should be able to strengthen their position by beating Crystal Palace.

The Eagles will be content with having stayed clear of any relegation trouble this term, but do tend to come up short when facing teams high up in the table.

Punters can get 11/10 for the Foxes to produce a clinical clean-sheet victory and that is our first Leicester vs Crystal Palace prediction.

A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds

Leicester followed up their 1-0 FA Cup semi-final triumph over Southampton by brushing aside West Brom 3-0 on home turf in this competition.

Jamie Vardy scored his first goal for two months before further strikes from Jonny Evans and Kelechi Iheanacho wrapped up victory before half-time on Thursday.

That win cemented third place in the table in a week which had seen top-four rivals Chelsea, West Ham, Tottenham and Liverpool all drop points.

Brendan Rodgers said: “I am not thinking about the other teams, we have to think about ourselves. We can only control ourselves.

“There’s nothing guaranteed, we want to arrive in the top four.

“This is a team which has been evolving, but I can’t ask for anything more from the players.

“Any win in the Premier League is always a really good win, especially against a team who have shown a lot of good form. It was an excellent victory.”

That match may have been settled early on, but Leicester could be looking to make late gains when Palace visit.

The Foxes have scored a division-high 19 goals from 76 minutes onwards this term, while the Eagles have conceded the most during that period with 14.

Looking at the Leicester vs Crystal Palace odds, that makes 9/5 for City to outscore their opponents between 75:01 minutes and full-time an obvious option.

Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Fofana, Soyuncu, Evans, Castagne, Thomas, Tielemans, Maddison, Ndidi, Vardy, Iheanacho.

A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds

Palace will have had a 16-day break since going down 4-1 at home to Chelsea by the time this game kicks off.

Roy Hodgson’s side had previously pulled comfortably clear of the drop zone by picking up five wins since the turn of the year.

However, those victories were all against teams in the bottom half of the table, with 12th-placed Wolves the biggest scalp.

Sheffield United, Newcastle, Brighton and West Brom were the other victims, but the Eagles predictably do not tend to fare as well versus more successful sides.

Against Chelsea, Palace were guilty of giving the ball away too cheaply in their own half and possibly paid the price for thinking they could compete with the Blues.

Hodgson said: “The bottom line is we played against a Chelsea team that we believed we could stretch and we’re on the back end of a 4-1 defeat.

“And we needed to do some last-ditch defending to keep it down to four.”

With over a fortnight to reflect on that loss, Hodgson may adopt a cagier approach to this contest.

That could make 10/3 for Draw HT/Leicester FT worth adding to our Leicester vs Crystal Palace betting tips.

Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Van Aanholt, Cahill, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Eze, Riedewald, Ayew, Zaha, Benteke.

Additional stats

Last result:

LEICESTER 3-0 West Brom – Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans, Kelechi Iheanacho

CRYSTAL PALACE 1-4 Chelsea – Christian Benteke

Head-to-head: Palace 1-1 Leicester, Leicester 3-0 Palace, Palace 0-2 Leicester, Leicester 1-4 Palace, Palace 1-0 Leicester

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