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Leicester City v Crystal Palace

Leicester City v Crystal Palace

Leicester and Crystal Palace have both been trending upwards since making a change at manager.

Leicester City duo Matty James (Achilles) and Robert Huth (ankle) are back in training but are not yet ready for a first-team return.

Crystal Palace will be without Mamadou Sakho for the weekend trip due to a calf injury whilst Joel Ward is also likely to miss out.

"So the Eagles might not be about to fly out of the bottom three just yet".

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson on Christian Benteke: "Of course him not scoring is a concern to us, him and the fans".

"We find it hard with two days or three days in between matches, let alone one day".

I'm Oliver Emmerson and I have the pleasure of taking you through this lunchtime clash, which is set to get underway at around 12:30PM GMT. "I wouldn't be gaining a great deal by doing that".

Leicester boss Claude Puel has warned his players they must not get carried away by recent results that have seen the Foxes record four successive Premier League wins.




Claude Puel was very gracious after Leicester beat his old club Southampton on Wednesday, but he will have had a big smile on his face all the way back home from that game, and rightly so.

Meanwhile, the Eagles scored two late goals to earn a vital win over Watford in midweek, and can be backed at 3/1 (4.00) to follow that up by coming out on top in this one.

They could go seven Premier League games unbeaten for the first time.

While Leicester's goalscoring form has meant that the problems at the back have gone unnoticed, it's something that Puel must be wary of, considering how Crystal Palace have gone about their job since Roy Hodgson's arrival.

The Eagles managed to turn a 1-0 deficit around within the space of two minutes against the Hornets, scoring the equaliser in the 89th minute before grabbing a victor in the 91st, and despite their lowly position in the table their spirit at the moment must be immeasurable.

Crystal Palace have picked up 10 points from their last six Premier League games, as many as they managed from their previous 17 in the competition.

Elsewhere West Ham United, who will hope to build on an impressive week which has seen them take four points off Chelsea and Arsenal and keep two clean sheets in the process, travel to a Stoke City side themselves desperate for a win while Watford welcome Huddersfield Town to Vicarage Road.


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