The early kick off on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League sees Crystal Palace travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester. The home side are desperate to find some form as they currently sit at the foot of the table with 24 goals conceded in nine games, coming off the back of a 2-1 loss at Bournemouth. The visitors for this one will be relieved that they managed their first win in five as they beat Leeds last time out and will be looking to back that result up here.
Leicester have been surprisingly bad this season. With a lack of investment over the summer, as well as losing Wesley Fofana and Kasper Schmeichel, their defence has gone to pieces and Brendan Rodgers is in serious danger of losing his job. Last time they played at home they hammered Nottingham Forest 4-0, and they would have hoped to back this up and looked on course to do this last week as Patson Daka scored in the 10th minute before two goals in four second half minutes ended up costing them the game. All four of their total points this season have come at home, and they will be hoping to pick up some more here. They’ve also dropped 14 points from winning positions this year.
Crystal Palace have been a mixed bag so far this season. They will have been pleased to finally win again last weekend after a winless September and will sense another opportunity to win again here to propel them up the table. Only one clean sheet so far this season will be a concern to Patrick Vieira and they are yet to win after scoring first, with two draws and two losses in this time. However, they have had tough games, including four of the big six and Newcastle, and have an easier run of fixtures now before the World Cup and will want to find some form in the next month.
Leicester City v Crystal Palace Bet Builder Tips
Crystal Palace Double Chance
I think there’s serious value in Crystal Palace to win. Leicester have looked shambolic at times this season and I don’t know how they’ll stop this multi-faceted Palace attack with Zaha, Eze and Olise, as well as Ayew and Edouard. Leicester won 4-0 at the King Power last time out, but there was a lot of luck in this, and they only edged the game 1.44-1.43 on expected goals which suggests that this was not sustainable. Most of the fans have lost confidence in the manager and has seen Leicester having to ban birthday messages after some came from “Zak Rodgers” and “Brenda Nout”. If they concede early, I think it could get ugly and the visitors will sense a real opportunity to finally hold onto a lead and pick up another three points. The double chance gives the safety net of a draw as well.
Both Teams to Score
Leicester’s defensive issues have been widely advertised this season and Danny Ward, especially, has come in for a massive amount of criticism. The data also suggests that this is not too much of a big surprise as they have conceded a massive 15 big scoring chances in the league so far, and at least one per game. They also continue to be without Ricardo Pereira, Ryan Bertrand, Caglar Soyuncu as well as Wilfried Ndidi and I can’t see them keeping out this Palace attack. Going forward, they’ve been much better and have only failed to score once in a game this season meaning that they have seen both teams score in seven of their nine games so far. James Maddison has been a key part of that with five goals and two assists and he’ll be looking to continue that form to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s thinking for next month.
Crystal Palace have also been poor defensively, with 12 goals conceded in their eight games and just one clean sheet all season. In addition, in that game where they kept the opposition out – Newcastle away – they conceded a massive 4.17xG, suggesting that they were more than a bit fortunate to come away with a point and not to concede. In every game this season they’ve had at least one xGA. Having said that, they’ve looked decent going forward too, especially when considering the defences that they’ve faced. They’ve managed to score in six of their eight games, failing to do so against Arsenal and a tough fixture at St James’ Park. In both of those games, they amassed over 1 xGF.
Wilfried Zaha to Score or Assist
Wilfried Zaha is Crystal Palace’s main man, and he has been for a number of years now. Loved by the fans, he continues to return consistently, scoring at least nine goals in four of the last five seasons. He has continued that form this season and has four goals and an assist in his seven games so far. Zaha also loves to play Leicester, with nine returns – the most of any of his opponents. He has scored in three of his four games against the Foxes, including his last two visits to the King Power. Despite missing his last penalty, he should still be on penalties for the Eagles which could provide the opportunity for this bet.
Harvey Barnes to have 3+ Shots
Harvey Barnes is becoming a very important member of this Leicester attack and has two goals so far this season, including one last time out here. He has managed at least two shots in every game that he’s played more than a half in and has hit at least three in four of the eight games. As an alternative angle, he’s also had eight shots on target in the league so far, and at least one in five of the games. He also averaged 2.87 shots per game last season. Crystal Palace have conceded 18 shots to left wingers in their eight games so far this season, and this might be a potential area of weakness for them with Joel Ward likely to start given that Nathaniel Clyne is out.
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