Crystal Palace vs Leicester City: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s Premier League fixture at Selhurst Park

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Crystal Palace will be bitterly disappointed after being knocked out by Premier League strugglers Newcastle United 3-2 in the League Cup on Wednesday after extra-time.

However Neil Warnock’s side return to Premier League action in high spirits after sealing their first win of the season last Sunday with a shock 3-2 victory away to Everton, lifting the Eagles out of the bottom-three.

Meanwhile Leicester City are still on cloud nine after last Saturday’s miraculous 5-3 victory over Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United at the King Power Stadium.

Nigel Pearson’s recorded back-to-back Premier League victories after their 1-0 win at Stoke City a week earlier, with top goalscorer Leonardo Ulloa scoring twice to lift the Foxes up to seventh in the league table, just a point outside qualification for the Champions League.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm


Crystal Palace 2 (Gabbidon, Dobbie) Leicester City 2 (King, Wood), Championship, April 2013

Leicester City 1 (King) Crystal Palace 2 (Delaney, Ramage), Championship, October 2012

Crystal Palace 1 (Parr) Leicester City 2 (Danns, Bamba), Championship, January 2012

Ulloa celebrates one of his goals against United



Crystal Palace have yet to register a home win at Selhurst Park this season.

The Eagles are unbeaten in the league since Neil Warnock was appointed manager on August 27.

Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa is the Premier League’s second highest goalscorer with five goals in five appearances.

Saturday’s fixture is the first Premier League meeting between these two clubs since April 1998.

Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon is the worst disciplined player in the Premier League this season having picked up two yellow cards and one red.

Leicester City midfielder Andy King has scored three goals in his last six appearances for the Foxes against Crystal Palace.



Crystal Palace to win: 2.5

Leicester City to win: 2.8

Draw: 3.25



Crystal Palace defeated Leicester City 3-2 in a five-goal thriller at Selhurst Park on the opening day of the 2010/11 season in the Championship.

Goals from Wilfried Zaha, Darren Ambrose and Alan Lee established a comfortable three-goal cushion for the Eagles at the break.

However, the Foxes nearly completed a remarkable comeback in the second-half, but they couldn’t salvage a point despite second-half strikes from Andy King and DJ Campbell.


TV: Highlights on BBC 1 from 10.30pm on Saturday.