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Crystal Palace vs Leicester: Roy Hodgson's side win without Wilfried Zaha

Re-live the action from Selhurst Park

Kishan Vaghela,Nathan Jacobs
Saturday 15 December 2018 13:12 GMT
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Crystal Palace secured their first Premier League victory without Wilfried Zaha in over two years as Luka Milivojevic's outstanding finish inspired them to overcome Leicester 1-0.

Without their most influential player they followed successive defeats to end the wider run of 13 league defeats that had come when Zaha was unavailable.

During those 13 fixtures - their last league success without him came at struggling Sunderland in September 2016 when Alan Pardew remained manager - they had scored only three goals and conceded 28.

The lack of a consistent goalscorer remained a concern at Selhurst Park but their captain Milivojevic produced a fine first-half finish to give them the lead they retained to move up to 15th and clear of the Premier League's bottom three.

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's Premier League action, with five games kicking off at 3pm which you can follow right here as the goals go in.

Once matters are wrapped up at the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City take on Everton, we'll turn our attentions to the 3pm games where the standout fixture sees an in-form Tottenham buoyed by their Champions League progression in mid-week take on a Burnley side looking to continue their rise up the table, having moved out of the relegation zone last weekend.

Elsewhere, Crystal Palace will be without the suspended Wilfried Zaha as they face Leicester, while Watford will hope to record a much-needed win against Cardiff in order to get back into the top half of the league.

An important match at the foot of the table sees Newcastle travel to Huddersfield, while the final 3pm kick-off sees Wolves and Bournemouth meet in a clash that features two sides chasing European football next season. The final game of the day sees basement side Fulham host West Ham in a London derby from 5.30pm.

Mark Critchley15 December 2018 11:08
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Team news incoming...

Jack de Menezes15 December 2018 14:06
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TEAM NEWS: CRYSTAL PALACE VS LEICESTER CITY

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TEAM NEWS: HUDDERSFIELD VS NEWCASTLE

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TEAM NEWS: TOTTENHAM VS BURNLEY

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TEAM NEWS: WATFORD VS CARDIFF

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TEAM NEWS: WOLVES VS WEST HAM

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KICK OFF and we're underway in today's 3PM kick offs. 

Comment below with your predictions this afternoon. 

I'm not expecting lots of goals... let's see. 

Nathan Jacobs15 December 2018 15:01
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10 minutes, 5 games, all still 0-0. 

My early 'few goals' prediction looks nice at the moment. 

Curse of the commentator to come? 

Nathan Jacobs15 December 2018 15:11
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​GOAL! Wolves 1-0 Bournemouth (Jimenez) 

Jota pounces on a misplaced pass back and makes a dart towards goal.

He waits for his teammates to join him and slips a delightful pass into the feet of Jimenez who just has to direct it goalwards...

and he does!

1-0 to the Wolves and they've turned around a bad run of form in the past few weeks. Can they keep it up here? Well, they've started well. 

Nathan Jacobs15 December 2018 15:13

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