Two members of the Premier League’s top six meet at the King Power Stadium, where Leicester City come up against a Crystal Palace side that has had the better of the majority of their recent meetings.
Leicester’s game at Southampton last weekend followed a familiar pattern, as they went in at half-time two goals down only to make up the deficit in the second period and extend their unbeaten run on the road to eight matches. They are simply an incredibly difficult side to shake off and they never know when they are fighting a lost cause. That is personified by Jamie Vardy, whose industry is being rewarded week after week and he deservedly leads the top-flight’s scoring charts with nine goals.
He netted both on the South coast, but that comeback owed much to the actions of manager Claudio Ranieri, with both of the Italian’s half-time substitutes having the desired impact and providing an assist each for Vardy. Back from injury at one of his former clubs, Nathan Dyer again showed why he might turn out to be a tremendous loan signing while Riyad Mahrez was marvellous as he has been all season. As a result, they may be called into the starting XI for this match.
However, Crystal Palace have plenty of quality attacking players of there own and here will look to exploit the lack of pace in the home defence by using the pace of Yannick Bolasie and Wilfired Zaha as often as possible. Alan Pardew will have seen how Arsenal got the better of the Foxes in September, and he may adopt a similar gameplan to give his side the best possible chance of taking the three points here and leapfrog their opponents.
The Londoners were disappointed to slip to their third home defeat of the season last time out against rivals West Ham United, where the sending off of striker Dwight Gayle shortly before half-time undoubtedly proved a decisive moment. They stayed tight and held on for some time, but were undone in the closing stages, so will be keen for a response here in a game between two confident, upwardly mobile teams.
Matt James is a long-term absentee for Leicester, who are also without the services of striker Leonardo Ulloa.
Gayle is suspended for Palace, so Fraizer Campbell could replace him as Connor Wickham is still out. Joel Ward may make his comeback from injury.