- Crystal Palace avoided defeat in nine of their last 13 Premier League away games.
- Leicester won just two of their last eight Premier League home matches.
- The Foxes won just four of their last 16 fixtures in all competitions overall.
- Both teams scored in four of Palace’s last seven away contests.
Foxes’ frustration grows
Leicester City’s limp restart continued in mid-week when the Foxes were turned over 2-1 by Everton at Goodison Park – a result that stretched their winless run to four matches since the 2019/20 season kicked back into gear last month.
Any thought of attributing their poor results to post-hiatus rustiness can be dismissed however, when you consider that City have now won just four of their last 16 fixtures in all competitions, in what has been an extended period of poor form that started all the way back in early January.
With Jamie Vardy’s killer touch almost abandoning him completely, and final third contributors James Maddison and Ayoze Perez also in the midst of lengthy dry spells, the current lack of goals in Leicester’s team is threatening to scupper an entire year of good work in the campaign’s final weeks.
Leicester’s return of just one win from eight Premier League assignments has allowed the chasing pack behind them to close in, and ahead of their latest test against Palace on Saturday, there is just a three-point spread between the Foxes in 3rd and Wolves in 6th.
Palace drop into bottom half
Crystal Palace endured a tough week of their own after successive defeats to nil against newly crowned Premier League champions Liverpool (0-4) and fellow mid-table dwellers Burnley (0-1) – results that combined to send the Eagles nosediving to 14th position in the standings.
Palace’s loss at Anfield was just their third defeat in 10 on the road however, and having taken points at Man Utd, Arsenal and Man City earlier this term, Roy Hodgson’s men will arrive at the King Power Stadium as confident travellers this week.
Before their brace of setbacks against Burnley and Liverpool, Palace had been one of the Premier League’s form teams, winning four matches on the bounce without conceding a single goal in games against Newcastle, Brighton, Watford and Bournemouth – and we think circumstances could allow the Eagles to pick up another positive result this weekend.
Palace to avoid defeat?
Leicester City are in a real slump right now and their run of just four wins in 16 fixtures since January 8 looks even worse when you consider that two of those victories were in the FA Cup against Championship opposition.
The Foxes’ only triumphs in eight Premier League attempts at the King Power Stadium came against relegation candidates West Ham and Aston Villa, while dropped points there against Norwich, Southampton and Brighton during that period highlights a vulnerability that Crystal Palace will feel they can exploit.
The Eagles avoided defeat in nine of their last 13 Premier League assignments as the visiting team, and with Leicester continuing to flounder, Palace look excellent value in the double chance market this week which is currently better than evens, while our correct score prediction points towards a 1-1 draw.
Leicester City’s results have been regressing at home, though their record of scoring in 12 of their last 15 Premier League fixtures at the King Power Stadium suggests they should find the net.
Palace, who shipped one or fewer goals in 70% of their last 10 on the road are unlikely to be bowled over by a City side lacking thrust, however, having averaged a meagre 1.0 goals per game across their last eight away contests, a single goal looks about the upper limit of the Eagles’ attacking capabilities.
Can Vardy rediscover his touch?
Jamie Vardy didn’t register a single attempt on goal in Leicester’s mid-week defeat at Goodison Park, and the veteran’s off-colour performances are severely hampering the Foxes’ top four prospects.
The veteran poacher has now scored just twice in his last 13 appearances, with both of those goals arriving in the same comfortable 4-0 City victory over Aston Villa in March.
With Vardy’s goals absent, the wins have also dried up for Leicester, and Brendan Rodgers will be desperate for his talisman to return to form as quickly as possible.
Read about Jamie Vardy’s goalscoring problems in more detail here.
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