Kick-off: 1500, 28/12/2020
Stadium: Selhurst Park
TV: Amazon Prime
Crystal Palace have suffered two heavy defeats in a row and face another tough test when Leicester arrive at Selhurst Park.
Roy Hodgson’s men have conceded 10 goals without reply against Liverpool and Aston Villa so the Foxes will be licking their lips as they eye a seventh away win of the campaign.
The quick turnaround between games is far from ideal for the hosts and a Leicester win is an easy pick at 19/20 as our opening Crystal Palace vs Leicester prediction.
A Look At Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Palace faced Villa on Saturday looking to bounce back from their 7-0 thrashing by Liverpool but went behind to a Bertrand Traore goal in only the fifth minute.
Their hopes of a comeback were boosted when Villa had Tyrone Mings sent off shortly before half-time but it made little difference.
The hosts were much the better side after the break as well and wrapped up a 3-0 win with goals from Kortney Hause and Anwar El Ghazi.
Hodgson said: “I don’t think it would be good to dwell on it for any longer than we have to, but we do have to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask what have we done wrong, what clear mistakes have been made, and try to find a way around that in two days’ time.”
Palace are without a clean sheet since their opening match of the season and conceded five goals in the two meetings with Leicester last season.
Backing the visitors to score at least twice again looks good value at 10/11 in the Crystal Palace vs Leicester odds.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Van Aanholt, Dann, Milivojevic, Kouyate, Schlupp, McArthur, Eze, Zaha, Benteke.
A Look At Leicester City’s Betting Odds
Leicester showed why they are in contention for a top-four finish as they twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Manchester United on Boxing Day.
Axel Tuanzebe’s late own goal rescued a point after Bruno Fernandes’ strike looked to have given the visitors victory, with Harvey Barnes having cancelled out Marcus Rashford’s opener.
Leicester have already beaten Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal this season and boss Brendan Rodgers feels the point on Boxing Day underlines their credentials.
He said: “We gave them lots of problems and, looking at it, we had some real authority in the game. It shows we are developing and able to compete at the highest level.
“We showed lots of potential last year but with more coaching time and more confidence the players will improve.”
Leicester’s best performances this season have generally been on their travels, having won six out of seven on the road with their only defeat coming at leaders Liverpool.
They have scored seven goals in the final 15 minutes of their away games, with only Manchester United (eight) having a better record in that regard.
Let’s back the Foxes to score the most goals between 75 minutes and full-time at 5/2 – just as they did in both meetings last season – as our final Crystal Palace vs Leicester prediction.
Last Leicester line-up: Schmeichel, Justin, Fofana, Evans, Castagne, Tielemans, Maddison, Albrighton, Barnes, Ndidi, Vardy.
Aston Villa 3-0 CRYSTAL PALACE
LEICESTER 2-2 Man Utd – Harvey Barnes, Axel Tuanzebe (og)
Head-to-head: Leicester 3-0 Palace, Palace 0-2 Leicester, Leicester 1-4 Palace, Palace 1-0 Leicester, Palace 5-0 Leicester, Leicester 0-3 Palace
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