Thursday, October 6, 2022

Leicester City vs Crystal Palace: Team News, Predicted Lineups, Key Players, Betting Odds

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Subhayan Dutta
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Leicester City are yet to start their Premier League campaign in the manner everyone expected them to. They have only won 2 games this season out of the eight they played. At this juncture, they would look forward to a win as they welcome Crystal Palace to King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The Foxes have also remained undefeated in their last 19 games at home, which is the longest since Chelsea’s 21 games in 2015.

Crystal Palace would hope for a comeback as they would bank on Leicester’s poor form this season.

Team News

Leicester City

The Foxes will be without Nampalys Mendy and Yohan Benalouane, who have been sidelined ahead of Saturday’s game of Crystal Palace. Apart from that, Ranieri is expected to keep the same side that won against FC Copenhagen.

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace have a couple of players sidelined too. The center back Scott Dann is doubtful for the game as he is struggling with a hamstring problem. Other than that, Pape Souare, Loic Remy, and Jonathan Benteke are all ruled out for the Eagles.

A good news is the return of Yohan Cabaye, who came off the bench against West Ham last week and we expect the Frenchman to start.

Predicted Line-up

Leicester City (4-4-2)- Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Albrighton, Drinkwater, Amartey, Mahrez; SImani, Vardy.

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1)- Mandanda; Ward, Tomkins, Delaney, Kelly; Cabaye, Macarthur; Zaha, Puncheon, Towsend, Benteke

Key Players

Leicester City

It seems that Vardy would be deployed in the wings with Mahrez behind him providing him balls into spaces, from where he could convert the most chances.

Apart from that, Drinkwater has been the only consistent player for the Foxes this season. In the last match against Chelsea, with 87 successful passes out of the 102 attempted, Drinkwater was more efficient than N’Golo Kante who could only provide only 75.

Crystal Palace

Christian Benteke, of course, will be the man to watch out for. Despite having a disappointing game against West Ham last weekend, where he missed a penalty just before the half-time and clattered a few at the bar, he is highly expected to return to his goal scoring form.

Townsend and Zaha have also been tireless on the wings and considering the slim win West Ham achieved at Selhurst park, it seems like just a matter of time before the trio starts scoring.


Leicester City @ 2.05

Draw @ 3.50

Crystal Palace @ 3.90  

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