Leicester v Crystal Palace – King Power Stadium at 15:00
The Premier League is back this weekend and after a mid-week I would like to forget with my Asian Handicap betting recommendations, I hope for change. My latest preview will be for Leicester City against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
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It’s been a strange season for Leicester City. I think reality has hit the players, yet they seem more focused on the Champions League than they do on the Premier League.
So far this season, Claudio Ranieri’s side sit 13th in the league and have only won one of their last five. The Foxes’ last match ending in a 3-0 defeat away to Chelsea.
Roy Keane came out and said that it was not good enough that these players are not focusing on their bread and butter and, for once, I agreed. They cannot expect to just perform in Europe and let their league form slip. A win on the weekend may change that mentality.
One player who falls into this category is Riyad Mahrez. The 2015/16 PFA player of the year had a stormer last season, yet has failed to produce in league. I know this because he was in my Fantasy Team. However, it doesn’t help when Ranieri rests him for the mid-week match.
I would also like to see more of Islam Slimani and strike partner Jamie Vardy. These two could really make more of a difference up top. Yet, at this rate, a top ten finish is not likely for the champions. Especially with the flat 4-4-2 as now every team knows how to counter it.
Crystal Palace. Well, it’s hard to put your finger on Alan Pardew’s side because they are so hit and miss at the moment. Before the international break they sat four games unbeaten in the league, yet their last match ended in a 1-0 defeat at home to West Ham.
Yet, it isn’t all bad for the Eagles considering they sit ninth in the table and have a fully fit Christian Benteke at their disposal.
I like the formation they play. Plenty of width with Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha on the wings, while Jason Puncheon sits in-behind Benteke. However, something lacks as they don’t score as many goals as they should. I’m thinking their weak-link is definitely Zaha, as since his move back from Man United he hasn’t reached his once-said potential.
Furthermore, a big miss for Palace is that centre-back Scott Dann is out injured. A key threat at set-pieces and a familiar face in the back-line with the experience Pardew needs.
Overall, a result is needed this weekend considering they have to play Liverpool and Manchester City in their next four matches.
The last time these two sides met at the King Power Stadium, Leicester won 1-0; Vardy scoring the only goal. In fact, Leicester City has only lost three times in 13 meetings at home.
This is a tricky one here. I want to say that Leicester will turn up, but then again you cannot fault the attacking abilities of Crystal Palace, especially with the 4-2-3-1 against a 4-4-2. Yet, from previous meetings there hasn’t been a lot of goals scored. So that’s why I am backing unders for this one.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Under 2.5 goals at 1.90 with Unibet
Prices correct at time of writing.