Saturday, May 15, 2021

Prediction: Leicester City vs Crystal Palace

Verdict: Leicester City win & Kelechi Iheanach to score anytime 

Best Odds: 7/5

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to inch closer towards a Champions League return, Leicester will welcome Crystal Palace to an empty King Power Stadium on Monday night.

Leicester City

Starting with the hosts, while Leicester might have marked their return from the international break with back-to-back defeats against West Ham and Manchester City, The Foxes have bounced back in an eye-catching fashion. Booking their spot in this year’s FA Cup final thanks to a 1-0 win against Southampton at Wembley last weekend, Brendan Rodgers’ side managed to keep up that momentum earlier in the week. Stopping leading relegation scrappers West Brom from making it three wins on the bounce, the one-time Liverpool boss saw his side land a thumping 3-0 victory against The Baggies on home soil. Watching West Ham drop points on Saturday evening, Leicester find themselves firmly sat in pole position to book a Champions League return for next season. Smelling what should be a real chance on Monday night, it’s worth keeping an eye out for the red-hot Kelechi Iheanacho. Enjoying a stellar purple patch, the 24-year-old has bagged himself 11 goals in just his last eight matchups across all formats.

Team News

There could be a recall for Leicester full-back Ricardo Pereira, who was left out against West Brom on Thursday in order to manage his workload.

Wesley Fofana was substituted during that win as a precaution because he is currently fasting during Ramadan.

Crystal Palace

As for the visitors, although Crystal Palace might have managed to pick up a 1-0 win against West Brom when heading into March’s international fixtures, they have really struggled to pick up maximum points with any stability this season. All but securing their Premier League status for another campaign, The Eagles do find themselves sat in top-flight limbo. Last seen getting hit with a 4-1 drumming against Champions League semi-finalists Chelsea on home soil, Head Coach Roy Hodgson has seen his side record just a single victory in any of their last six contests. Recording more than a single strike in just one of their previous nine Premier League matchups, the one-time England boss could be facing another stern test at The King Power on Monday night. When Palace last made the trip to Leicestershire last season, they were hit with a thumping 3-0 defeat on their travels.

Team News

Crystal Palace defender Gary Cahill has a minor injury but hopes to be available on Monday.

Jeffrey Schlupp, Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins are back in full training after injuries.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When Leicester last welcomed Crystal Palace to The King Power they picked up a 3-0 victory.
    • Including their FA Cup victory against Southampton last weekend, Leicester have collected back-to-back wins over the past week.
    • Striker Kelechi Iheanach has recorded 11 goals in just his last eight matchups across all formats.
    • Crystal Palace have managed to win just one of their last six Premier League matchups.
    • Likewise, The Eagles have recorded more than a single strike in just one of their previous nine top-flight matchups.

    Conclusion

    Managing to build off of that FA Cup victory against Southampton last weekend, Leicester should be smelling another real chance on Monday night. Knowing that they’re sat in pole position to secure themselves a Champions League return for next season, the red-hot Kelechi Iheanach will be desperate to extend on his stunning purple patch at The King Power. Remarkably recording 11 goals in just his last eight matchups across all formats, a struggling Crystal Palace could be in for another tough test. Without a win in their last six Premier League contests and last seen getting hit with a 4-1 drumming against Chelsea on home soil, we’re backing a similar home victory for the Foxes.

    Verdict: Leicester City win & Kelechi Iheanach to score anytime 

    Best Odds: 7/5

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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