Huge action in the race to avoid relegation takes place at Selhurst Park this weekend, as Crystal Palace look to secure a first win this calendar year when they take on Leicester City.
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A change was needed at Crystal Palace after a dismal run of form following the World Cup, but it could be argued that the team has taken a backward step by re-appointing Roy Hodgson to replace Patrick Vieira. Palace certainly needs an instant response from their new boss, as the Eagles find themselves just three points above the relegation places with ten games left to play.
Palace hasn’t won a league fixture this calendar year, and they come into this showdown on Saturday after losing each of their previous four. So far this year, the Eagles have lost seven of the 12 games that they have played, with the other matches during this run ending in draws. It is their longest winless sequence in the English top-flight since the 1980-81 season, which saw them relegated to the second tier.
Leicester City sits just above the relegation places in the Premier League standings, as they are just one point above West Ham United. The Foxes come into this match in poor recent form, as they are without a win in their last five. Over that period, they have suffered four defeats. However, they did end that losing run before the international break with a 1-1 draw against Brentford.
Still, Leicester’s defensive play needs addressing, as they have allowed 22 goals in the 12 matches that they have played since the Premier League resumed after the World Cup. They are the only team in the competition yet to register a clean sheet since the action resumed in the English top-flight.
Crystal Palace vs Leicester City Head to Head
Crystal Palace are winless in their previous seven matches against Leicester, and they have lost four over that period. However, the Foxes have won just once in their previous six away games against the Eagles, with the latest two ending in draws.
Crystal Palace vs Leicester City Prediction
This is a huge match for both Palace and Leicester this weekend, as neither side can afford to suffer a defeat. However, we expect Leicester to come back into domestic action in strong form, and they look good value to secure a fifth win in eight matches against the Eagles.
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