Leicester City vs Crystal Palace Predictions, Betting Tips & Preview
Christian Benteke’s missed injury time penalty stung on Saturday, but that was old news as goals in the 89th and 92nd minute gave Palace three points. Leicester found themselves an 86th-minute goal at Newcastle to take their winning streak to three at the time, but the Foxes have had one less day to prepare for this game.
Game: Leicester City vs Crystal Palace
Venue: King Power Stadium
Kick-off: Saturday 16th November, 12.30PM
Crystal Palace have shown plenty of battling spirit in the last week, holding Bournemouth to a 2-2 draw and then beating Watford 2-1 on Tuesday. Palace had a helping hand in both games, as 10 man Watford crumbled under the last pressure, although Christian Benteke failed to convert an injury-time penalty on Saturday.
At the time of writing Leicester City have been beaten by five teams in 16 games this season. Those teams are Manchester City (1st), Chelsea (3rd), Manchester United (2nd), Liverpool who were at the time fourth and Arsenal (6th).
Spurs and Burnley, teams who also occupy the top seven, have been beaten in Leicester’s previous two home games, so Crystal Palace are in for a stern test here. Their biggest challenge my be finally finding the back of the net, as Hodgson’s team have scored in none of their eight away games this season.
Leicester are currently favourites at odds of 1/1 with William Hill, but they are drifting. The draw can be backed at 13/5 through Betfair whilst Crystal Palace to spring a surprise on their travels is best odds 3/1 with Betfred.
Crystal Palace looked more resolute in draws with Brighton and West Brom when on their travels recently, but neither of those sides are the strongest offensively either. Until Palace start scoring goals on the road it may be hard to back them. Leicester have netted in all but one home game this season, twice scoring two against Liverpool.
Back our Free Betting Tip: Leicester to win at 1/1 with Bet365
With no guarantee that Palace will score here the visitors will want to keep it tight. Leicester are more than capable of shutting up shop themselves and being patient. Three of their four Premier League home wins have come via 1-0/2-0 score lines, with Harry Kane’s late consolation for Spurs making it 2-1. Palace may hold out for a while, but it shouldn’t last.
Back our Score Prediction: Leicester to win 1-0 at 13/2 with Bet365
Harry Maguire is the only player outside of Leicester’s front players to register a goal here for the Foxes. Okazaki, Vardy, Mahrez and Gray have been responsible for Leicesters attacking output. It’s the latter two who have featured more recently, but in a game that could be tight, it could take the most clinical of finishes to settle it.
Back our Scorer Prediction: Jamie Vardy to score at 6/5 with Paddy Power