Leicester vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Leicester City will be aiming to escape the foot of the Premier League table when they take on Crystal Palace in a crucial home fixture.

This game is Leicester’s last at the King Power Stadium until March 14, so it is vital they take the three points and ease their relegation fears, having never really threatened to take anything from Manchester United last time out on a day where all their direct rivals lost.

Record signing Andrej Kramaric was given his debut, but rarely had a look in as they lost comfortably. He now needs to start scoring as the Foxes battle to avoid an immediate return to the Championship. In-form winger Riyad Mahrez – back from the Africa Cup of Nations – will aid the Croat as he looks for his first goal in English football.

An early goal from Everton’s Romelu Lukaku ended Alan Pardew’s perfect start to life in charge of Palace, but the mood at the South London club remains upbeat, and they come into this game with the incentive of possibly moving six points above the bottom three with a win.

On deadline day, the Eagles completed a deal to bring Wilfried Zaha back from Man Utd on a permanent basis, and he will be determined to rebuild his reputation and start producing the form that earning his £15m move to Old Trafford, while Dwight Gayle will be keen to get back on the scoresheet.

Mark Schwarzer is set to keep his place in goal for Leicester with Kasper Schmeichel still out. New signing Robert Huth is banned, while Chris Wood is out with an ankle problem.

Palace should have Marouane Chamakh available despite a broken nose. New signing Lee Chung-Yong is doubtful and Jerome Thomas is definitely out.

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