Crystal Palace vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

Leicester City can move a step further towards winning the Premier League title by taking all three points when they head to South London to face a Crystal Palace side that has taken just four points out of the last available 36.

But football always has the potential to throw up a hugely surprising result that emphatically upsets the form book, so it would be ironic for Palace to end their abysmal run here. The FA Cup meanwhile has been a different story, with the club having advanced to the semi-finals with victory at Reading in their last game, where they played with a much greater degree of authority despite needing a soft late penalty to finally break the deadlock. Seeing midfielder Yohan Cabaye back it his best was also a massive boost.

The creativity that the Frenchman adds to the side cannot be underestimated and he will again look to make the difference here, aided by the fit-again Jason Puncheon. The only major hurdle for the Eagles to overcome here is a lack of confidence, which was very much in evidence during the closing stages of their last league match against Liverpool, where with a one-man advantage they somehow threw it all away. It will be extremely tough, but a positive result here will have the potential to turn their fortunes around.

It has reached the stage of the season where results are more important than performances for teams at both ends of the table, and that was the case for Leicester on Monday when they ground out a narrow win over struggling Newcastle United. Their opponents had a game-plan and largely kept key players such as Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy quiet, but the test was passed thanks to fine piece of technique from Shinji Okazaki, a relatively unsung hero in their stunning season.

The most incredible of achievements is now within sight as the games begin to run out, but remarkably none of the players seem fazed, which is testament to their togetherness and the guidance of manager Claudio Ranieri. He has never won a league title, but is handling the so-called pressure exceptionally well. Just one slip-up and nearest rivals Tottenham will sense a chance, but as it stands they are continuing to hardly put a foot wrong and they will expect to march on again here.

Marouane Chamakh, James McArthur and Connor Wickham remain on the Crystal Palace injury list, while Mile Jedinak will be assessed before kick-off.

The leaders are unable to call upon midfielders Andy King and Matt James, but are likely to go unchanged again.

Last Meeting: The two sides met in September 2014, a week after Leicester had stormed back to beat Manchester United 5-3. But Palace took the wind firmly out of their sails with a commanding victory which was earned thanks to two second half goals. The first came on 51 minutes when Fraizer Campbell stabbed the ball in following a corner, before Mile Jedinak headed a free-kick past Kasper Schmeichel moments later.

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