Apr 14, 2017
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Crystal Palace vs Leicester City: Premier League match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

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Crystal Palace will look to continue their fine recent form and move further away from the relegation places when they host Leicester City at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

Palace currently sit six points clear of safety after a run of six wins in seven matches, and another victory against the Foxes could secure their Premier League status for another season.

Leicester, on the other hand, will have one eye on their Champions League second-leg fixture with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid at the King Power coming up in midweek.

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As alluded to earlier, Crystal Palace have been in incredible form of late, winning six of their last seven matches to stretch clear of the teams battling for survival below them.

Victory against league leaders Chelsea – only their second loss at Stamford Bridge this season – was followed up with a demolition of top four chasing Arsenal as Sam Allardyce’s side have ran riot.

Defeat away to Southampton has been the only blot on their copybook since the middle of February, and that was only courtesy of two late goals from the hosts.

Leicester themselves have been on a decent run of form since Craig Shakespeare took over from the departed Claudio Ranieri, winning five of their last six league matches to secure their own survival.

Resounding victory against Liverpool proved to be the turning point of their season, with wins against relegation rivals Hull City and Sunderland taking the Foxes away from trouble at the bottom.

Despite losing their last two matches, an exceptional defensive display during the week means that they are well and truly in with a chance of over-turning their one-goal deficit against Atletico this week.

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For the hosts, it’s expected that Sam Allardyce will name an unchanged side from the one that convincingly saw off Arsenal on Monday evening.

Defenders Scott Dann and Patrick van Aarnholt are still sidelined with respective knee and ankle injuries, so Martin Kelly and Jeffrey Schlupp will line-up in defence once more.

It’s a different story for the visitors who are set to ring the changes ahead of their midweek date with Atletico Madrid, with Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi all given a rest.

This paves the way for young Demarai Gray and Leonardo Ulloa to start, whilst Daniel Amartey and Ben Chilwell are likely to come in for Danny Simpson and Christian Fuchs in the Leicester defence.

Predicted Line-Ups

Match Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-0 Leicester City

There’s no other way around it, Crystal Palace are undeniably one of the most in-form Premier League sides at present after beating Chelsea and Arsenal on their way to six wins in seven matches.

With momentum on their side as they fight to avoid relegation, the Selhurst Park crowd behind them and Leicester expected to rest key players ahead of their critical Champions League quarter-final second leg with Atletico Madrid in the week, it’s hard to see past the Eagles making it seven wins in eight.

With their Premier League survival all-but secured there’s no need for Craig Shakespeare to risk his main players and start them against Palace, especially with Leicester still in with a chance in Europe.

Unfortunately for the Foxes, Sam Allardyce’s side are seemingly unstoppable at the moment and Leicester’s second-string side shouldn’t provide too much resistance in another Palace victory.

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