Leicester City entertains relegation-threatened Crystal Palace as part of the early kick-off in the Premier League on Saturday. Both teams are in a rich vein of form which makes this match a must-see contest. The Foxes are flying high at the moment and are in a four-match winning streak in the league. Claude Puel’s men secured a comfortable 4-1 win away at Southampton in midweek that has seen them go up to 8th place in the Premier League standings. The West Midlands club will now take on Crystal Palace who has recently turned the tide under new manager Roy Hodgson.
The Eagles are in a six-match unbeaten streak and are in a run which has seen them pick up points against the likes of Everton, Stoke City, Brighton & Hove Albion, West Bromwich Albion, Bournemouth and Watford respectively. All of their recent opponents are far from push-overs so it will be a difficult task to pick up maximum points for the Foxes on Saturday.
Claude Puel is expected to make three changes to his line-up in order to freshen up his team and might opt for a 4-4-1-1 formation. The recent history of this fixture doesn’t bode well for the Eagles with Leicester City not tasting defeat in their last four league meetings against Crystal Palace.
4-4-1-1 Leicester City Predicted Lineup To Face Crystal Palace
Kasper Schmeichel is set to start in goal once again for the Foxes and he will be protected by a back four of Danny Simpson at right-back, Harry Maguire and Wes Morgan at the heart of the Leicester backline and Christian Fuchs on the left side of the defence.
Claude Puel’s men have only kept a clean sheet once in their last seven league fixtures so their manager will be hoping that his defenders can shut-out the Crystal Palace attack on Saturday.
Wilfred Ndidi and Vicente Iborra will be tasked to anchor the Leicester midfield while Marc Albrighton and Riyad Mahrez will play on either flank. Mahrez has been in terrific form for the Foxes recently and the Algerian will hope to get his name on the scoresheet once again when he lines up against the Eagles this weekend.
Demarai Gray may be in line for a start and will play off Jamie Vardy, who will lead the Foxes’ attack yet again. The duo has scored 11 goals in between them this season. However, it would be difficult for Claude Puel to overlook the contribution made by Shinji Okazaki in recent matches especially after his goal-scoring heroics against the Saints in midweek. So he may easily opt for the Japanese forward in place of Gray as the Foxes look to extend their winning streak to five in the league.
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